HEALTH UPDATE: 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
REVISED October 15, 2021
On March 16, 2020, BCHD activated its Emergency Operations Plan and opened the District Operations Center (DOC) in response to COVID-19. View the DOC Dashboard for BCHD program and service numbers.
Additional Booster Doses are Under Federal Review
On 10/15/21, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee recommended booster doses of Johnson & Johnson for all adults given at least two months after the first dose. On 10/14/21, the committee recommended approval of the Moderna booster dose at least six months after completion of the two-dose series. The FDA will consider the committee’s recommendation and once the FDA authorizes the booster doses for Johnson & Johnson and Moderna, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will finalize and determine eligibility.
Bars, breweries, wineries and distilleries:
Effective October 7, 2021 (11:59 p.m.), bars, breweries, wineries and distilleries must require patrons 12 years and older to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination status with a photo ID for entry. Between October 7 and November 3, 2021, all patrons must provide proof they received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccination for entry to obtain indoor service. Beginning November 4, 2021, all patrons 12 and older must provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 for entry into the facility indoor service. Children under age of two years are exempt. Additionally, by November 4, 2021, all on-site employees must provide their employer with proof of full vaccination against COVID-19.
Nightclubs and lounges:
Effective October 7, 2021 (11:59 p.m.), nightclubs and lounges that are only open to persons 18 years and older, must require patrons and on-site personnel to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination status with a photo ID for entry. Between October 7 and November 3, 2021, patrons must provide proof they received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccination for entry to obtain indoor service at a nightclub or lounge. Beginning November 4, 2021, all patrons must provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 for entry into the facility indoor service. Additionally, by November 4, 2021, all on-site employees must provide their employer with proof of full vaccination against COVID-19.
A negative COVID-19 test result does not qualify as an alternative to providing proof of COVID-19 vaccination.
State Vaccine Mandate for Schools
Under a state order, K-12 school staff across the county are required to be vaccinated by October 15 or test weekly. Governor Newsom announced the state’s plan to require COVID-19 vaccination of all students and staff at private and public schools statewide as a condition of in-person attendance. The requirement will be effective for each student beginning the term following full FDA approval of the vaccine for their grade span, beginning with students in grades 7-12, followed by students in grades K- 6. Depending on the timing of approvals, this likely means the requirement will go into effect beginning either January 1 or July 1 of 2022.
On September 28, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health updated the Health Officer Order, which goes into effect October 7. It clarifies that starting November 1, 2021, operators of Outdoor Mega Events are required to cross-check proof of full vaccination or negative COVID-19 viral test result against a photo identification for all attendees who are 18 years of age or older.
Los Angeles County Begins Administering Pfizer Booster to Eligible Residents
Los Angeles County is now administering Pfizer booster third doses after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Rochelle P. Walensky endorsed the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ (ACIP) recommendation for a booster dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in several population groups. The CDC also recommended a booster dose for those in high risk occupational and institutional settings.
Boosters are currently only available to residents who received Pfizer. Residents who received Moderna and Johnson & Johnson will need to wait until the FDA reviews the data about boosters and determines the need for and safety of boosters for these vaccines.
Eligible Los Angeles County residents for a booster dose of Pfizer include those who received the second of the two-dose Pfizer vaccine series at least 6 months ago and are either:
- 65 years or older
- Residents of long-term care facilities
- 18 to 64 years with underlying medical conditions
- 18 to 64 years with high institutional or occupational risk, including healthcare workers, first responders, teachers and day care staff, grocery workers, and workers in homeless shelters or prisons
Residents can make an appointment for their booster by using the MyTurn system or by making an appointment at a pharmacy or clinic that offers Pfizer vaccinations. Residents will need to bring proof that they have received two previous Pfizer doses, which for most people will be in the form of the white vaccination card, or a photo of the white card, or a digital record of your two doses. At many sites, residents may be asked to sign an attestation form indicating they meet the criteria to receive the booster. If you need a ride to get your vaccination, you can reach out to the Public Health call center at 1-833-540-0473 and you will be connected to free transportation.
For more information on COVID-19, visit:
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
California COVID-19 Response - covid19.ca.gov
California Department of Public Health
Los Angeles County COVID-19 Response - covid19.lacounty.gov
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
World Health Organization