COVID-19 Vaccine Info Hub
Updated August 23, 2021
Vaccine distribution: What you need to know
All California residents who are 12 or older are now eligible to receive their COVID-19 vaccination. Follow the state’s progress on the California vaccine administration dashboard.
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.
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.
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.
Only 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.
The CDC is not currently recommending supplemental vaccine doses for people who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
We have reached out to all eligible UCLA Health patients to let them know of this new guidance and will continue to invite patients to schedule their supplemental dose at UCLA Health as appointments become available.
Or, if you fall into one of the groups listed above, you can also self-attest as eligible for an additional vaccine dose and get it wherever it is available by making an appointment through the California My Turn portal or going to a local pharmacy. You do not need an order from your physician.
The CDC is not currently recommending a third vaccine dose or a booster shot for any populations other than the immunocompromised group listed above.
A small number of adolescents and young adults experience a heart inflammation, called myocarditis, after receiving a mRNA COVID-19 vaccine. The CDC has additional information on this topic, as well as more general information on the COVID-19 vaccines for children and teens. The FDA, CDC and American Academy of Pediatrics continue to recommend the COVID-19 vaccine for anyone 12 and older, given the risk of consequences from severe COVID-19 in adolescents and young adults.
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 12 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.
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