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COVID-19 vaccination appointments open to residents ages 65+

COVID-19 vaccination appointments open to residents ages 65+

The County of Los Angeles is controlling the distribution of the vaccine in most cities in our county, including Lakewood. The City of Lakewood does not control any of the distribution or time slots for the vaccination.

Vaccination reservations are available for people who qualify under current L.A. County health rules, which are for people age 65+ and health care workers. Click to view the L.A. County website and sign up for vaccination slots. You can scroll through to see the various locations where vaccinations are offered, including pharmacies. 

Vaccinations are free, and available to all, regardless of insurance coverage or immigration status. For those who have insurance, coverage information may be requested as part of the appointment scheduling process.

Here’s how to learn more and register to be vaccinated:

  • To see the latest information on COVID-19 and vaccinations, visit  VaccinateLACounty.com. From that page, you can click on the "Book an Appointment" graphic.
  • Go directly to the L.A. County vaccination appointment page to see which groups may currently register for an appointment. If you are in a qualifying group, click to confirm that you qualify and you will see a list of locations where you may make an appointment. Scroll down through the super-center sites, hospitals and medical centers, as well as pharmacies that are administering the vaccine, including several in and near Lakewood.
  • If you are 65 or older, or a health care worker, you can schedule a vaccination appointment now at MyTurn, the State of California's new clearinghouse site at https://myturn.ca.gov/. .If you are not in one of those groups, you can register to be notified when it is your turn to be vaccinated. If you do not have an email address or a mobile phone, you can call the state's COVID hotline at 833-422-4255.

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  • Call (833) 540-0473 between 8 a.m. and 8:30 p.m., seven days a week, for assistance with reservations and information.

Given the very high interest and the low availability of the vaccine at present, time slots at the pharmacies and the super-centers do fill up rapidly, and the county website and phone number have become non-functional at times, which we know is frustrating for everyone.

Here are some tips you might try:

  • Contact your health care plan to see if they are offering vaccinations. Some are.
  • Get regular updates by entering your email address in the block near the top of the VaccinateLACounty.com website to sign up for the L.A. County vaccine email alert.
  • Check back on the county website or call center several times a day, because new slots are made available if there are cancelations or if more vaccine is scheduled to arrive.
  • Continue to read the free Lakewood Connect eMagazine, where we will publish updates specifically related to the vaccine's availability for Lakewood residents. If you don't currently receive it in your email box, sign up at www.lakewoodcity.org/emag
  • CVS has begun to offer the COVID-19 vaccine at some of their pharmacies in Southern California, including Lakewood. For details, visit www.cvs.com/immunizations/covid-19-vaccine or read this story.

While we hope and expect the county-run process to improve in coming weeks as they iron out the wrinkles in the new system and as more vaccine becomes available, here is what the City of Lakewood is doing to try to help in the meantime:

  • Lakewood has offered up to the county the use of our facilities and staff for vaccination centers in Lakewood.
  • Lakewood is also looking into local solutions that will speed the distribution of the vaccine to more of our residents. Lakewood’s thanks go to Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia for offering his city’s help in distributing vaccines to residents of nearby cities, including Lakewood. This will require cooperation from the county and other cities, and Lakewood is involved in that effort right now. The City of Long Beach operates its own health department, which is independent of the County of Los Angeles.
  • Lakewood is continuing to communicate on a daily basis with our county supervisor's office and the county public health department to get the latest information and to convey the frustrations and bottlenecks that our residents are experiencing.

While we unfortunately can’t control the situation locally in Lakewood, we are working hard to help in any way that we can, and will keep alerting our residents through our Lakewood Connect eMagazine.

In the meantime, everyone in Lakewood should remember our COVID protection precautions of:

  • Wearing a mask when around those outside your household.
  • Avoiding gatherings with those outside your household.
  • Limiting your time in confined spaces with those outside your household.
  • Washing your hands frequently.

The super-center vaccination sites are the Forum in Inglewood, Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, Cal State Northridge, the Fairplex in Pomona and the L.A. County Office of Education’s Downey Education Center, in addition to the site at Dodger Stadium.