COVID-19 Vaccine Info Hub
Updated January 12, 2022
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 notes that everyone 12 and older should get a booster shot, as soon as they are eligible. See below for more information and follow the state’s progress on the California vaccine administration dashboard.
Please see this article for information about the new COVID-19 variant of concern, omicron. The omicron variant is highly contagious, and the original vaccine series does not offer significant protection from infection. Everyone should get a booster shot as soon as they are eligible to bolster their protection against omicron and other variants. View detailed instructions below on how to schedule a booster shot at UCLA Health or another location.
The CDC now recommends that everyone 12 and older should receive a booster shot.
If you received the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine: You should get a booster at least five months after completing your primary COVID-19 vaccination series.
If you received the Moderna vaccine: You should get a booster at least five 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.
Everyone 18 and older may choose which COVID-19 vaccine they receive as a booster. This means that people 18+ 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.
Everyone 12-17 years old can get a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine booster at least five months after completing their primary COVID-19 vaccination series.
Scheduling 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.
The CDC also noted that some immunocompromised 5- to 11-year-old children should receive an additional (third) dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine 28 days after their second shot to complete the primary vaccine series.
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.
Additional primary vaccine dose recommended for certain immunocompromised people:
The CDC recommends that moderately or severely immunocompromised people who are more susceptible to infection receive a third mRNA vaccine dose as part of their primary vaccine series. The third vaccine dose should be given 28 days after the second shot. No additional primary shot is recommended for those immunocompromised people who received the Johnson & Johnson 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.
This additional vaccine dose is different than a booster. Immunocompromised people should follow booster guidance when eligible, and reach out to their primary doctor with questions.
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 children and adolescents? Click here for information in English and Spanish (PDF) to learn more.
Vaccine fact sheets
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:
- Login and select “Visits” from the top navigation, and then "Schedule an Appointment"
- Choose “COVID Vaccine” as the reason for your appointment
- Select whether this is your first or second dose appointment
- Choose the location, date and time that works for you
- Verify details and schedule