COVID-19 Vaccine Info Hub

Updated December 2, 2021

Vaccine distribution: What you need to know

All California residents who are 5 or older are now eligible to receive their COVID-19 vaccination. The CDC also recommends that everyone 18 and older should receive a booster shot. See below for more information and follow the state’s progress on the California vaccine administration dashboard.

Omicron variant:

Please see this article for information about the new COVID-19 variant of concern, omicron, including why it’s likely that our current vaccines protect against it.

Booster information:

The CDC now recommends that everyone 18 and older should receive a booster shot.

If you received the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine: You should get a booster at least six months after completing your primary COVID-19 vaccination series.

If you received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine: You should get a booster at least two months after completing your primary COVID-19 vaccination.

You may choose which COVID-19 vaccine you receive as a booster. This means that people can opt to receive the same vaccine type as they originally received for their booster, or another booster type.

This mix-and-match approach was authorized after research showed people who received the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine and later received a mRNA booster (Pfizer or Moderna) saw their antibody levels rise much higher than those who received a Johnson & Johnson booster.

  • The Pfizer-BioNTEch booster has the same formulation and dosage as the first and second Pfizer-BioNTech shot.
  • The Moderna booster is a half-dose of the same formulation used for the original two-dose series.
  • The Johnson & Johnson booster has the same formulation and dosage as the first Johnson & Johnson shot.

Scheduling your booster shot:

You can schedule your booster through the California MyTurn portal or get it at a local pharmacy. You do not need a doctor’s note to get your booster shot.

UCLA Health patients can also schedule through myUCLAhealth. Please note that booster appointments are limited, and available on a first-come, first-served basis. You will likely be able to secure your booster dose more easily through other means.

Kids 5-11 now eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccine:

The CDC now recommends the COVID-19 vaccine for all children ages 5 to 11. The FDA-authorized Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is delivered in two doses, three weeks apart. The dose for 5- to 11-year-olds is one-third the amount given to people age 12 and older. However, this smaller mRNA dose produced a similar immune response — and similar protection. Read more on the COVID-19 pediatric vaccine.

We recommend that parents schedule their children’s vaccine appointments wherever they can get in soonest — most likely a local pharmacy. UCLA Health also has limited COVID-19 pediatric vaccine appointments available on a first-come, first-served basis. To schedule, log in to myUCLAhealth and navigate to your child’s homepage by selecting their name. Click on “Visits/Clinical Notes” from the main navigation and then “Schedule an Appointment.” Select “COVID Vaccine,” pick which dose you are scheduling, and choose “Any location” to see all appointment options. Pick the date, location and time that works for you, view instructions and then select “Schedule.”

Any parent or guardian who wants to discuss the COVID-19 vaccine should reach out to their kid’s pediatrician or family medicine physician.

    Supplemental vaccine dose for immunocompromised people:

    The CDC recommends that certain immunocompromised people who are more susceptible to infection receive a third (supplemental) mRNA vaccine dose. The FDA updated emergency use authorizations for the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines.

    People who meet the following criteria should receive a third dose of mRNA COVID-19 vaccine:

    • In active cancer treatment for solid tumors or hematologic malignancies.
    • Received an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system.
    • Received a stem cell transplant or CAR T-cell therapy within the last two years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system.
    • Have moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency, such as DiGeorge syndrome or Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome.
    • Have advanced or untreated HIV infection.
    • Undergoing active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that are immunosuppressive or immunomodulatory.

    Addressing concerns:

    There is a lot of information — and misinformation — out there about coronavirus and the COVID-19 vaccine. Please see our COVID-19 Vaccine: Addressing Concerns page for answers to common questions that are backed by science and reviewed by UCLA Health experts in infectious diseases, internal medicine, and other medical specialties.

    Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine FDA approved:

    The FDA granted full approval to the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for people 16 and older, making it the first COVID vaccine to move out of emergency use authorization in the United States. The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is still available to adolescents 12 through 15 under emergency use status.

    Now that the Pfizer vaccine has full FDA approval, many employers and schools may require vaccination of employees and students.

    Schedule your vaccination now:

    UCLA Health patients and parents/guardians with proxy access can now directly schedule COVID-19 vaccine appointments in myUCLAhealth. If you don’t have a myUCLAhealth account, you can view instructions on how to sign up here. If you are unable to login or need help creating an account, contact the myUCLAhealth support line at 855-364-7052.

    Vaccine appointments are offered in many UCLA Health locations across the greater Los Angeles region. When you go to schedule your appointment, you’ll select whether this is a first or second dose appointment. If you need a specific vaccine type to complete your series or because of your age, the system will only display the locations available to you.

    Access your COVID-19 Digital Vaccine Record:

    You can find your digital COVID-19 vaccine record within myUCLAhealth under COVID-19 Information or Immunizations. Within the myUCLAhealth (MyChart) app, you can find your digital record by clicking on the “My COVID Info” icon. If your vaccine info is missing in myUCLAhealth or incorrect, please let your primary care office know.

    You can also request your record through the California Department of Public Health’s Digital COVID-19 Vaccine Record website. Please note that UCLA Health has no control over the state vaccine record website. If you have any questions, please see their FAQ or call 833-422-4255.

    Eligible for vaccination

    Everyone 5 and older

    Wondering if you should get the vaccine? For most people, the answer is yes! View this handout, with copy in English and Spanish (PDF) to learn why.

    Looking for information about the importance of COVID-19 vaccination for adolescents and kids? Click here for information in English and Spanish (PDF) to learn more.

    Schedule your appointment

    UCLA Health patients can now directly schedule their COVID-19 vaccine appointments in myUCLAhealth. View instructions here (PDF). Once you’re logged in:

    1. Login and select “Visits” from the top navigation, and then "Schedule an Appointment"
    2. Choose “COVID Vaccine” as the reason for your appointment
    3. Select whether this is your first or second dose appointment
    4. Choose the location, date and time that works for you
    5. Verify details and schedule

    Book outside of UCLA Health

    Please click below to schedule a vaccination appointment through the state or your local public health department.