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Santa Monica COVID-19 Vaccine Update

January 25, 2021 1:00 PM
by Lindsay B. Call

Santa Monica COVID-19 Vaccine Update

Santa Monica’s health and safety is our top priority.  The City of Santa Monica is working every day to secure as many COVID-19 vaccines as possible for our community. There are supply and logistic challenges across the nation, but we are in close collaboration with federal, state, and local partners to advocate for local vaccine availability. 

We are approaching one year since the start of the COVID-19 public health crisis, and during this year we have faced many challenges accompanying this deadly disease. Los Angeles County continues to be one of the hardest hit communities in the United States with more than one million cases and 20,000 deaths, but there is hope.  

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Emergency Use Authorizations (EUA) for two COVID-19 vaccines and the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is expected to receive EUA approval this week. Based on data from the manufacturers and findings from large clinical trials, all three vaccines have been shown to be safe and effective in preventing serious illness and death. 

Here is what we know from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and our partners at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (DPH) who will oversee the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine.  

  • The COVID-19 vaccine is a safe and effective way to prevent the disease. Vaccines save millions of lives each year. When our community gets vaccinated, we aren’t just protecting ourselves, but also those around us. For more information to frequently asked questions about the vaccine, click here. 
  • The U.S. vaccine safety system ensures that all vaccines are as safe as possible. Safety is a top priority while federal partners work to make this and other COVID-19 vaccines available. For more information about COVID-19 vaccine safety, clinical trials, and vaccine safety monitoring systems, click here 
  • COVID-19 vaccines help our bodies develop immunity to the virus that causes COVID-19 without us having to get the illness. To better understand how COVID-19 vaccines work, it helps to first look at how our bodies fight illness. Visit the CDC’s Coronavirus website for a deep dive into how the immune system works and ultimately builds up a defense against COVID-19.  

The City is working closely with our partners at the LA Department of Public Health as well as local healthcare providers and pharmacies to get vaccines out to as many people as possible in safe and convenient ways. Phases and tiers have been established by the State and LA County Departments of Public Health to prioritize how vaccinations will roll out to different audiences.  

COVID-19 vaccinations are currently available by appointment for:  

  • Healthcare workers (Phase 1A) 
  • Residents and staff at long-term care facilities (Phase 1A) 
  • LA County residents 65 years and older 

Beginning March 1, Los Angeles County will offer COVID-19 Vaccines for workers in the following sectors:

1. Food and Agriculture (Phase 1B) 

  • Foodservice workers 
  • Food manufacturing 
  • Grocery store workers 
  • Grocery store workers (without pharmacies) 
  • Animal agriculture workers including those involved in Vet health 
  • Veterinarians 
  • Food and Agriculture-associated Port and transportation workers 

2. Education and Childcare (Phase 1B) 

  • Teachers (K-12, Preschool) 
  • Support staff (K-12, Preschool) 
  • Childcare 
  • Independent Schools 
  • Junior Colleges 
  • Colleges & Universities 

3. Emergency Services and First Responders (Phase 1B) 

  • Police/law enforcement officers 
  • Emergency Management, Search and Rescue, Emergency and public safety communication centers, EOCs 
  • National Security 
  • Maritime and Aviation Response (TSA) 
  • Corrections officers and workers 
  • Courts/Legal Counsel & Prosecution 
  • Campus and school police 
  • Rehabilitation and Re-entry 
  • Federal law enforcement agencies 
  • Police, Fire and Ambulance Dispatchers 
  • Security staff to maintain building access control and physical security measures 
  • DCFS, APS (workers physically responding to abuse and neglect of children, elderly and dependent adult. 

If you fall into one of the categories listed above, you are eligible to make a vaccine appointment now at vaccinatelacounty.comVisit to schedule an appointment or call (833) 540-0473 for assistance between 8 AM and 8:30 PM. 

Beginning March 15th, the State will open up vaccination eligibility to those residents 16+ with specific underlying health conditions/disabilities.  TA health care provider is required to verify medical conditions per the State’s requirements before vaccination. For a full list of qualifying conditions, please visit 

With very limited vaccine supply and uncertainty on timing for increased production, a realistic and carefully developed plan for expanding vaccination availability to these additional sectors is being executed. We appreciate your patience as we roll out this next phase.    

Be assured that soon more Santa Monicans will become eligible. To learn more and receive notifications about when you are eligible to receive the vaccine and to make an appointment, visit For the latest updates on the COVID-19 vaccine in LA County, subscribe to LA County’s Vaccine Newsletter. 

As we await the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine to more groups, check on your loved ones and friends that fall into categories that can be vaccinated. Offer assistance in making the appointment or providing resources to someone considering the vaccine.  

Please remember that registration is required for a vaccine appointment. Please prepare to show proof of identification and proof of employment in a qualifying sector within Los Angeles County. Registration and a list of eligible identification is available at Vaccinations are free and immigration status is not required. 

While we all wait our turn, it’s important for each of us to continue to do our part and continue to wear our masks, not gather in groups, and keep our distance from non-household members. And remember, even once you receive the vaccine, these safety measures remain critical to slowing the spread of COVID-19. 

Thanks for your continued cooperation and support.  

Stay Safe Santa Monica, and stay informed on the latest information from the City by subscribing to our weekly community newsletter at   

COVID-19 Vaccine Resources:  

Call LA County at (833) 540-0473 for assistance between 8 AM - 8:30 PM or call 2-1-1 > register to be notified once you are eligible to receive the vaccine and to make an appointment. > Sign up for the County’s vaccine newsletter to stay up to date on County information and availability of the vaccine.  

LA County Frequently Asked Questions 

COVID-19 Vaccine MPOD Map > Find a vaccination appointment location if you are a healthcare worker or 65 years and older.  

CDC COVID-19 Vaccine Information > Learn about the safety and effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccine.  

World Health Organization  

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