COVID-19 Information

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Huntington Hospital Covid-19 Dashboard

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Hospitalization COVID-Positive Patients: 7-Day Moving Average (Last 90 Days)

This dashboard is updated on a daily basis.
Huntington Hospital has been testing for COVID-19 along CDC guidelines to include high-risk individuals, those who are very ill and require hospital care, healthcare providers, and other high-likelihood individuals due to known exposures. The number of positive patients may not indicate overall prevalence of COVID-19 in the outside community.

Last updated: 10/26/2021

Together, we can keep our community healthy. We have included testing information, COVID-19 vaccine FAQs, and resources from trusted organizations on this page. This information will help explain why vaccination is such an important tool to keep you and our community safe and end the spread of this deadly virus.

COVID-19 Vaccine

All Californians 12 years and older are currently eligible to receive the vaccine.

We strongly encourage everyone who is eligible to be vaccinated, as vaccination is the single most effective way to prevent severe illness and death from COVID-19. This is especially true as we face newly emerging strains such as the highly-contagious Delta variant.

Huntington Hospital will not be re-opening our vaccine clinic due to widespread availability of vaccination in the community. If you need a vaccine, please visit the site to find a location near you. As always, we recommend you follow health authority guidance and the counsel of your physician as to what is best for you.

For information about who is currently eligible for boosters, please see FAQ section below.

COVID-19 Testing

If you are experiencing the signs and symptoms of COVID-19, it’s important to get tested.

For a list of COVID-19 testing locations, please click on the links below.

Pasadena Public Health Department: Pasadena COVID-19 Testing Information – Public Health Department (

LA County Department of Public Health: COVID-19 Testing (

To view this information in Spanish, click here.

COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs

The COVID-19 vaccine is a shot that teaches our immune system how to recognize and fight the virus that causes COVID-19. It’s the same idea behind the flu shot that Americans have been getting since the 1940s. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted emergency use authorization for the use of COVID-19 vaccines to help stop the spread of the virus.

Q. Do I need a booster of the COVID-19 vaccine?

A. Per the CDC, COVID-19 Vaccine booster shots are available for the following Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccine recipients who completed their initial series at least 6 months ago and are:

For the nearly 15 million people who got the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, booster shots are also recommended for those who are 18 and older and who were vaccinated two or more months ago.

There are now booster recommendations for all three available COVID-19 vaccines in the United States. Eligible individuals may choose which vaccine they receive as a booster dose. Some people may have a preference for the vaccine type that they originally received, and others may prefer to get a different booster. CDC’s recommendations now allow for this type of mix and match dosing for booster shots.

For the latest news about boosters, please visit: Who Is Eligible for a COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shot? | CDC

There are now many options to receive the vaccine in Pasadena and throughout Los Angeles County. If you need a vaccine, please visit the site to find a location near you.

Huntington Hospital will not be re-opening our vaccine clinic due to widespread availability of vaccination in the community. As always, we recommend you follow health authority guidance and the counsel of your physician as to what is best for you.

Q. Is the Delta variant of COVID-19 more dangerous for kids? Is there a risk for my child to develop long-COVID-19?

A. Children are contracting COVID-19 at a rising pace.  This may well be due to the more infectious and dangerous Delta variant as well as the large amount of virus circulating in poorly vaccinated populations.    In general, children do not become as ill as adults with COVID-19 but rising cases of symptomatic and hospitalized children across the country suggests the Delta variant is playing a role in serious pediatric cases. Long COVID, although previously rare in children has been recognized and may be a serious chronic sequelae of the Delta variant.  These children may experience difficulty concentrating, difficulty sleeping, muscle aches, fatigue, shortness of breath, headache, heart palpitations, anxiety, depression, or other symptoms for more than a month after an initial COVID-19 infection, even if that initial infection was asymptomatic. These symptoms may last for many months and can significantly interfere with the child’s daily activities. 

Q. What can I do to protect my child from COVID-19?

A. Important interventions to decrease the risk of COVID-19 and its potential long-term effects in children is to promote wide-spread vaccination among the adult population, to vaccinate children over 12 years of age, encourage masking and social distancing when children and adults are in large groups or around unvaccinated individuals.

Q. Does the COVID-19 vaccine affect women’s fertility?

A. No, the COVID-19 vaccine does not affect fertility. The COVID-19 vaccine will not affect the fertility of women who are seeking to become pregnant, including through in vitro fertilization methods. Contracting COVID-19, on the other hand, can have potentially serious impact on pregnancy and the mother’s health.  The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology strongly encourages pregnant women to be vaccinated against COVID-19 to protect themselves and their baby.

Q. Should pregnant women receive the vaccine?

A. The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology strongly encourages pregnant women to be vaccinated against COVID 19 to protect themselves and their baby. The antibodies mothers develop in response to these vaccines not only protect them, but also cross the placenta and help protect their babies from serious diseases early in life. Vaccinating during pregnancy also helps protect a mother from getting a serious disease and then giving it to her newborn.

Q. If I’ve already had COVID-19, why do I need a vaccine?

A. Although having COVID-19 may produce protective antibodies, the duration and strength of protection from natural immunity begins to fade after 3-6 months.  This is why reinfection rates are much higher in those unvaccinated individuals who have had COVID versus vaccinated individuals. Data is emerging from solid studies that vaccine induced immunity is longer lasting and more robust.  That is why CDC recommends proceeding with full vaccination even if you’ve had COVID-19.

Q. Researchers developed the COVID-19 vaccine quickly. How can it be effective and safe?

A. Studies found that the two initial vaccines are effective with no serious or life-threatening side effects. There are many reasons why the COVID-19 vaccines were able to be developed so quickly. Here are just a few:

  • The COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna utilize mRNA technology which was developed over 25 years ago. This technology has been studied with other viral diseases.  The enormous number of cases of COVID during this global pandemic have allowed the more rapid evaluation of safety and efficacy of this technology.
  • China isolated and shared genetic information about COVID-19 promptly, so scientists could start working on vaccines.
  • The vaccine developers didn’t skip any testing steps, but rather conducted some of the steps on an overlapping schedule to gather data faster.
  • Vaccine projects had plenty of resources, as governments invested in research and/or paid for vaccines in advance.
  • Some types of COVID-19 vaccines were created using messenger RNA (mRNA), which allows a faster approach than the traditional way that vaccines are made.
  • Social media helped companies find and engage study volunteers, and many were willing to help with COVID-19 vaccine research.
  • Because COVID-19 is so contagious and widespread, it did not take long to see if the vaccine worked for the study volunteers who received the vaccine.
  • Companies began making vaccines early in the process — even before FDA authorization — so some supplies were ready when authorization occurred.

Source: John Hopkins Medicine

Q. Does getting the COVID-19 vaccine mean I can stop wearing my mask and taking coronavirus precautions?

A. The CDC continues to monitor the spread of COVID-19 and makes recommendations for wearing face masks, both for those who are fully vaccinated as well as those who are not fully vaccinated. In Pasadena and LA County, we are seeing a growing number of public and private businesses and organizations implement their own infection prevention measures including wearing a mask, both indoors and outdoors, physical distancing and in some cases, showing proof of vaccination, both indoors and outdoors.

Q. Does getting the COVID-19 vaccine give you COVID-19?

A. The vaccine will not give you COVID-19. The two authorized mRNA vaccines instruct your cells to reproduce a protein that is part of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which helps your body recognize and fight the virus. The COVID-19 vaccine does not contain the SARS-Co-2 virus, so you cannot get COVID-19 from the vaccine. The protein that helps your immune system recognize and fight the virus does not cause infection of any sort.

Q. Does the COVID-19 vaccine change your DNA?

A. The COVID-19 vaccines are designed to help your body’s immune system fight the coronavirus. The messenger RNA from two of the first types of COVID-19 vaccines does enter cells, but not the nucleus of the cells where DNA resides. The mRNA does its job to cause the cell to make protein to stimulate the immune system, and then it quickly breaks down — without affecting your DNA.

Q. The COVID-19 vaccine is brand new. Should we wait to see if it really works?

A. The mRNA technology behind the new coronavirus vaccines has been in development for almost two decades. Vaccine makers created the technology to help them respond quickly to a new pandemic illness, such as COVID-19.

To prevent serious illness and hospitalizations, it’s important to get the vaccine. Due to the Delta variant, most of patients currently hospitalized are unvaccinated. The vaccine has proven to work and is safe.

Q. I heard the COVID-19 vaccine was developed with/or contains controversial substances. Is this true?

A. The first two COVID-19 vaccines to be authorized by the FDA contain mRNA and other, normal vaccine ingredients, such as fats (which protect the mRNA), salts, as well as a small amount of sugar. These COVID-19 vaccines were not developed using fetal tissue, and they do not contain any material, such as implants, microchips, or tracking devices.

Q. Why should I get the vaccine?

A. SARSCOV2 is a very dangerous and infectious virus that can cause serious illness, hospitalization and death.  We have all seen the effects of this global pandemic and are now experiencing even more disease due to the emergence of the Delta variant and the large number of unvaccinated individuals in our country.  More than 5.7 BILLION doses of COVID vaccines have been given worldwide. They have proven to be very safe and very effective at preventing serious disease, hospitalization and death. To control this virus and finally move on from this pandemic we will have to vaccinate as many people as we can throughout the world.  High vaccination rates protect you, your family and your community and are the most important and safest tool we have in conquering this terrible disease.

Q. If I have had COVID-19 should I get the vaccine?

A. Yes. Even if you suspect or know that you had COVID-19, it is still recommended that you get vaccinated.

People who test positive for COVID-19 may have partial protection, be we don’t know how long that protection lasts or how effective it is.

In addition to protecting yourself, getting vaccinated will help decrease the spread of COVID-19. It can protect people around you, particularly people who are at greater risk for getting very sick from COVID-19 because of their age, health issues or other factors. Vaccination also prevents new variants from developing.

Q. I’ve heard a lot of different things about the vaccine, how do I know what to believe?

A. There is a lot of information about vaccines in the news right now, and some of it is not based in science. We encourage you to read the articles included in our Resources section at the end of this page from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and other trusted institutions.

What to Expect from the COVID-19 Vaccine

Q. Are there any side effects from the COVID-19 vaccine?

A. Yes, some people do experience side effects from the COVID-19 vaccine. Most side effects reported were mild to moderate and resolved within 24 hours. Side effects included pain at the injection site, fatigue, headache, muscle pain, chills, joint pain, and fever. More people experienced these side effects after the second dose than after the first dose.

Q. How long will it take for the vaccine to begin protecting me?

A. It normally takes about two to three weeks to start getting some protection, and about six weeks for full protection. Important: even after you have received both doses of the current vaccines, you must give your body time (2-6 weeks) to have the full benefit of vaccination.

Q. Do I need to get a second vaccination, if I’ve already had the first shot?

Yes. In order to be effective, the current mRNA vaccines (Pfizer and Moderna) require two doses. Please be careful about scheduling your second dose on time, even if the system for doing so is hard to use. The second dose is critical for your protection.  The Johnson and Johnson vaccine remains a one dose schedule at this time.

After you have received both doses, you must give your body time (2-6 weeks) to have the full benefit of vaccination.

Download our Huntington Hospital info sheet about the importance of the second vaccine dose.

For more information on the COVID-19 vaccine, visit:

COVID-19 Vaccine Resources

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

Huntington Hospital

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Mayo Clinic