COVID-19 Vaccine Info Hub

Updated May 24, 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 5 and older should get a booster shot as soon as they are eligible. Some people can get two boosters.

See below for more information and follow the state’s progress on the California vaccine administration dashboard.

Booster eligibility:

The CDC now recommends that everyone 5 and older should receive a booster shot.

The following groups are also eligible for a second booster shot at least four months after their first booster:

  • Adults 50 years and older
  • People who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine for both their initial dose and booster shot
  • People 12 years and older who are moderately or severely immunocompromised

If you received the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine: You should get a booster at least five months after completing your primary COVID-19 vaccination series. The Pfizer-BioNTech booster has the same formulation and dosage as the first and second Pfizer-BioNTech shot. Adults 50 and older can get a second booster at least four months after their first booster. 

If you received the Moderna vaccine: You should get a booster at least five months after completing your primary COVID-19 vaccination series. The Moderna booster is a half-dose of the same formulation used for the original two-dose series. Adults 50 and older can get a second booster at least four months after their first booster. 

If you received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine: You should get a booster at least two months after completing your primary COVID-19 vaccination. Anyone who received the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine their primary dose and booster is eligible for a second booster. Adults 50 and older who received a Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine and any type of booster are eligible for a second booster. If eligible for a second booster, it should be received at least four months after the first booster.

Kids 5-11 eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccine and booster:

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.

On May 20, 2022 the CDC expanded their booster eligibility to include children ages 5 through 11, noting that they should now receive a booster shot 5 months after their initial Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine series.

What type of booster

Everyone 5-11 years old and 12-17 years old should get a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine booster at least five months after completing their primary COVID-19 vaccination series.

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 second booster must be an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna).

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.

Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines FDA approved:

In January 2022, the FDA granted full approval to the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, now known as Spikevax, for people 18 and older. 

In August 2021, 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. It is now known as Comirnaty.

The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is still available to adolescents 12 through 15 under emergency use status. A lower dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is also available under emergency use authorization to children 5 through 11.

When to consider Johnson & Johnson vaccine

The CDC now advises that in most situations, the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines are preferred over the Johnson & Johnson vaccine for both the initial vaccine series and booster dose due to the risk of serious adverse effects.

The CDC notes that the Johnson & Johnson vaccine may be considered in some situations, including for people who:

  • Had a severe reaction after an mRNA vaccine dose or who have a severe allergy to an ingredient in the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines.
  • >Would otherwise remain unvaccinated for COVID-19 due to limited access to the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines.
  • Want to get the Johnson & Johnson vaccine despite safety concerns.

Learn more about the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.

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.

People 5 and older who meet the following criteria should receive a third dose of mRNA COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna) as part of their primary vaccine series:

  • 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.

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.

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.

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.