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HEALTH UPDATE: 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)


   Need Help: During this time of heightened health concern, BCHD is available to offer help and support. If you or someone you know in the Beach Cities needs assistance with health-related information or referrals, please call our Assistance, Information & Referral line at 310-374-3426 and press option 1, Monday – Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. or submit an online request here.
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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.

Latest COVID-19 Updates:

COVID-19 Vaccine for 2023 Fall/Winter Virus Season: Everyone 6 months and older recommended to get an updated vaccine

Following federal approval of the updated COVID-19 vaccine and recommendations for the upcoming winter respiratory virus season, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is recommending all Californians stay up to date on the vaccine and get the updated shot when available.

Vaccination remains the best protection against COVID-19-related hospitalization and death. Vaccination also reduces your chance of suffering the effects of Long COVID, which can develop during or following acute infection and last for an extended duration.  


  • Everyone Age 5 and Up: Everyone 5 years of age and older, regardless of previous vaccination, is eligible to receive a single dose of the updated COVID-19 vaccine as long as it’s been at least 2 months since the last dose.
  • Younger Children and Infants: Infants and younger children, 6 months through 4 years of age, who have previously been vaccinated against COVID-19 are eligible to receive one or two doses of the updated vaccine. The timing and number of doses depends on the previous COVID-19 vaccine received.
  • Unvaccinated Younger Children and Infants: Unvaccinated infants and younger children, 6 months through 4 years of age, are eligible to receive three doses of the updated Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine or two doses of the updated Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.

WHEN & HOW TO SCHEDULE YOUR UPDATED COVID-19 VACCINE: Initial supplies of updated COVID-19 vaccine are expected in California in the coming weeks. For added convenience, COVID-19, flu and RSV vaccines can all be administered in the same visit. Schedule a vaccine appointment by visiting or contacting your local pharmacy or health care provider.

HOW TO PAY FOR A COVID-19 VACCINE: COVID-19 vaccines will continue to be free for most Americans through their health insurance plans, including Medi-Cal and regular health care providers.

For more information on COVID-19, visit:
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
California COVID-19 Response -
California Department of Public Health
Los Angeles County COVID-19 Response -
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
World Health Organization

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