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If you are experiencing homelessness or a housing crisis, please visit LASHA’s “Get Help” resource page.

The Department of Health Services Housing for Health (DHS-HFH) COVID Response Teams (CRT) in collaboration with the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA), the Department of Mental Health (DMH), the Department of Public Health (DPH), and community partners is committed to providing a dynamic array of vaccine education to increase access, address hesitancy, and accelerate LA County’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. This page includes current COVID-19 vaccine information and COVID-19 Safety protocols for people experiencing homelessness and the staff, volunteers, and community partners who work with them. The aim is to provide a myriad of resources to support the overall recovery effort, including information for clients and providers about vaccine education and ways to access available services, and community resources to build back stronger from COVID-19.

VACCINE TESTIMONIAL VIDEOS

Click the video below to hear testimonies from Housing for Health clients and staff about their decision to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

Click the video below to hear testimonies from Homeless Outreach Program Integrated Care System (HOPICS) staff about their COVID-19 vaccination journey.

COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ

Please note that this FAQ is in no way meant to serve as and/or substitute medical advice. Please consult your medical provider for guidance on any vaccine and/or health-related decision.

 

Yes. Omicron is more transmissible than previous strains and is highly mutated, so more people are testing positive and/or experiencing symptoms. However, particularly with the booster, the vaccines continue to protect from hospitalization and death. Combined with masks and social distancing, vaccines will protect our communities. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/keythingstoknow.html?s_cid=10521:%2Bcdc%20%2Bcovid%20%2Bvaccine%20%2Bguidelines:sem.b:p:RG:GM:gen:PTN:FY21

Yes. Boosters are currently recommended for everyone aged 12+ (and Third Doses are recommended for children aged 5+). Your immune system is forgetful, and boosters remind our immune systems of how to fight a particular virus. COVID-19 boosters are particularly important in protecting us against the Omicron Variant. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/keythingstoknow.html?s_cid=10521:%2Bcdc%20%2Bcovid%20%2Bvaccine%20%2Bguidelines:sem.b:p:RG:GM:gen:PTN:FY21

No. Nature.com states: “The world was able to develop COVID-19 vaccines so quickly because of years of previous research on related coronaviruses (SARS, MERS) and faster ways to manufacture vaccines, enormous funding that allowed firms to run multiple trials in parallel, and regulators moving more quickly than normal.” https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-03626-1

*Over 8.5 Billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in the past year making these now the most studied vaccines in history.

Serious side effects that could cause a long-term health problem are extremely unlikely following any vaccination, including COVID-19 vaccination. The CDC states: “Vaccine monitoring has historically shown that side effects generally happen within six weeks of receiving a vaccine dose. For this reason, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) collected data on each of the authorized COVID-19 vaccines for a minimum of two months (eight weeks) after the final dose. CDC is continuing to monitor the safety of COVID-19 vaccines even now that the vaccines are in use.” https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/expect/after.html

No. COVID-19 vaccines do not change or interact with your DNA in any way. Both mRNA and viral vector COVID-19 vaccines deliver instructions (genetic material) to our cells to start building protection against the virus that causes COVID-19.

The CDC’s guides to how mRNA COVID-19 vaccines work

The CDC’s guides to how viral vector COVID-19 vaccines work. 

Evidence about the safety and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccination during pregnancy, although limited, has been growing. It suggests that the benefits of receiving a COVID-19 vaccine outweigh any known or potential risks of vaccination during pregnancy. COVID-19 Vaccines While Pregnant or Breastfeeding

The data for women: The CDC currently has 3 safety monitoring systems in place to capture information about vaccination during pregnancy.

The data for men: A recent small study of 45 healthy men who received an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine (i.e., Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna) looked at sperm characteristics, like quantity and movement, before and after receiving. Researchers found no significant changes in these sperm characteristics after vaccination. https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2781360

Yes. If you receive the vaccine, you can still donate blood, platelets, and AB Elite plasma. Blood can be collected from donors who are healthy and symptom-free. https://www.redcrossblood.org/local-homepage/news/article/covid-19-vaccination-guide-blood-donation.html

Yes. You can get a COVID-19 vaccine and other vaccines, including a flu vaccine, at the same visit. https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/covid-19/coadministration

Getting vaccinated is also a way of protecting those who are vulnerable in your community. When a high percentage of the population is vaccinated, it is difficult for infectious diseases to spread and mutate, because there are not as many people who can be infected. University of Oxford Vaccine Knowledge Project https://vk.ovg.ox.ac.uk/vk/herd-immunity

No. None of the authorized COVID-19 vaccines in the United States contain the live virus that causes COVID-19. This means that a COVID-19 vaccine cannot make you sick with COVID-19. COVID-19 vaccines teach our immune systems how to recognize and fight the virus that causes COVID-19. Sometimes this process can cause symptoms, such as fever. These symptoms are normal and are signs that the body is building protection against the virus that causes COVID-19. Learn more about how COVID-19 vaccines work.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/facts.html  

The federal government has granted companies like Pfizer and Moderna immunity from liability if something unintentionally goes wrong with their vaccines. In 1986 the federal government created the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP). VICP is a Federal “no-fault” system designed to compensate individuals, or families of individuals, who have been injured by childhood vaccines, whether administered in the private or public sector. This system puts the burden of compensation on the government. https://www.benefits.gov/benefit/641

No. The technology for an operational tracking microchip that’s small enough to pass through a COVID-19 vaccine syringe does not exist. The smallest 5G microchip is the size of a penny. This microchip also would require the additional equipment of an antenna and a power source strong enough to transmit through the inch of fat and muscle the vaccine is punctures through.

Why It’s Impossible to Put Tracking Microchips in Covid Vaccineshttps://youtu.be/2S2v45_NSYs

No. There is no substantial FDA data that suggests that the specific dose of Ivermectin that’s safe for humans has a considerable effect on COVID-19 within the human body. Ivermectin is an antiparasitic medication that is currently being looked at being repurposed to combat COVID-19. The FDA has not authorized or approved Ivermectin for use in preventing or treating COVID-19 in humans or animals. Ivermectin is commonly used as a veterinary prescription, with doses that are dangerous for human beings.

https://www.fda.gov/consumers/consumer-updates/why-you-should-not-use-ivermectin-treat-or-prevent-covid-19

As of October 7, 2021, the CDC has officially reported 4 deaths due to the vaccine. WebMD.com states that this was due to a syndrome that occurs in about 7 per 1 million women ages 18-49 that were Johnson and Johnson vaccine recipients. https://www.webmd.com/vaccines/covid-19-vaccine/news

As of October 25, 2021, VAERS received 9,143 reports of death among people who received a COVID-19 vaccine. These deaths can include people who die from any causes such as of gunshot wounds after getting vaccinated. The VAERS system is used to screen all potential association, but many reports are listed as incomplete, inaccurate, coincidental, unverifiable, or no causation. Reuters.com states:  Anyone can file a report to VAERS and the CDA requires healthcare providers to report any death after COVID-19 vaccination to VAERS, even if it’s unclear whether the vaccine was the cause. https://www.reuters.com/article/factcheck-vaers-deaths

RESOURCES FOR CLIENTS

RESOURCES FOR HOMELESS SERVICE PROVIDERS

  • Printable Materials
  • Vaccine Information Presentation
  • Countywide Calendar of Events
    • A county-wide calendar of vaccination clinics targeting people experiencing homelessness in homeless shelters, Project Roomkey, Project Homekey, and public spaces. This calendar is regularly updated by HFH, City, County, and community partners. *Please note that this calendar replaces the former HFH Calendar of Events document, which is no longer in use.
  • HFH Vaccine Map
    • Map of the HFH Vaccination clinics in Los Angeles County specifically for people experiencing homelessness, and staff who serve people experiencing homelessness.
  • Request a Vaccine Clinic
    • Please complete this form if you are interested in requesting a vaccine clinic to administer vaccines for people experiencing homelessness and/or staff to your agency, event, or community. A DHS HFH representative will reach out to speak more about the opportunities upon completion of the form.
  • Request a Vaccine Education Presentation for Staff
    • Please complete this form to request a team from our Speaker’s Bureau to provide an engaging presentation to your staff on the COVID-19 vaccine and other health measures to keep our homeless services workforce and participants healthy and safe.
  • DPH Vaccine Appointment Page
    • A county-wide vaccine appointment scheduling page with a list of all the LA County vaccination locations. Children ages 12-17 are eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine.

COMMUNITY RESOURCES

SPOTLIGHTS

  • We Are Resilient
    • In this video by Robert Cuadra, in collaboration with community members, leaders, and organizations, the Los Angeles City/County Native American Indian Commission provides a powerful message about unity, resilience, and togetherness in fighting against COVID-19.
  • LAPD & Theatre Co discuss vaccinating against COVID-19
    • LA Poverty Department and zAmya theater (MN) discuss getting vaccinated against COVID-19. COVID-19 vaccinations occur every Wednesday morning between 10 and noon at Midnight Mission.

RESOURCES

WAYS TO PRACTICE SELF AND COMMUNITY CARE

  • Playful Parenting 24/7: COVID-19 and Beyond
    • Parenting resources provided to families with children that focus on positive parent-child relationships and other topics during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. Topics include reducing stress and conflict, talking about COVID-19, and more.
  • LA Department of Mental Health Resources
    • A plethora of resources and materials to address and promote mental health and wellbeing for individuals, families, children, and other groups.
  • Why We Rise LA
    • A place for communities to explore art, performance, and creative expression to combat stigma and promote the wellbeing of individuals and communities.
  • The Wellness Center LA
    • The Wellness Center aims to provide culturally sensitive programs to address the root cause of disease to improve the health outcomes for the community and patients.
  • Child Mind Institute
    • Resources designed to support parents, children, and families during COVID-19 and beyond. Supportive resources include weekly newsletters, remote evaluations and consultations via Telehealth for parenting questions, and Facebook Live video chats with expert clinicians.