COVID-19 Information

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Your Resource for COVID-19 Information

Hospitalized COVID-19 Positive Patients

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: 09/22/2021

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.

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

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 (cityofpasadena.net)

LA County Department of Public Health: COVID-19 Testing (lacounty.gov)

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. If you are planning on visiting Huntington Hospital, please go to: www.huntingtonhospital.org/visitors

Q. Why should I get the vaccine?

You should get vaccinated because it will help keep you safe and help us stop the spread, especially as we are seeing a rise in cases due to the Delta variant. COVID-19 is dangerous – it can be fatal or have long-lasting impacts, even in young, healthy people. The risks from getting sick with COVID-19 are much larger than any possible risk from getting vaccinated. While getting the vaccine may not prevent you from getting COVID-19, it does stop you from getting severely ill and hospitalizations.

The Delta COVID-19 variant circulating now is highly contagious, an important reason for everyone to get vaccinated. The more people are vaccinated, the more likely the virus will decrease in the community and throughout the world.

Q. Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe?

A. Yes. Millions of people have safely received a COVID-19 vaccine, and careful monitoring efforts have supported the science demonstrating vaccine safety. In addition, the FDA has now approved the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine for the prevention of COVID-19 disease in individuals 16 years of age and older.

The CDC and the FDA continue to monitor individuals who have received the vaccine to ensure there’s no evidence of even rare safety issues. Although the COVID-19 vaccine is new, the science behind creating a vaccine has been around for a long time and is scientifically proven to be safe and effective.

Q. Does the COVID-19 vaccine work?

A. Yes, we know that all the COVID-19 vaccines currently available in the United States have been shown to be highly effective at preventing serious illness and death as a result of COVID-19. You can read about the different vaccines in use on the CDC website (see link in our Resources section).

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 in severity 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 vaccines 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.

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.

Q. Should I get a booster shot (third dose of the vaccine) as added protection?

On August 13, the FDA approved Pfizer and Moderna booster shots for certain immunocompromised Americans. This includes people with weakened immune systems from organ transplants, cancer and more.

This is another positive step to ensure that our most vulnerable community members are safe from COVID-19. The most effective way to protect yourself and the community at large is getting vaccinated. We know vaccination prevents serious symptoms from COVID-19, hospitalization and death. Because vaccinated individuals are less likely to become infected and spread the virus, it also keeps dangerous variants like Delta from forming.

We are awaiting more information about approval for booster shots for fully vaccinated healthy people.

Please check with your healthcare provider to see if the booster is recommended for you.

For more information, go to: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: FDA Authorizes Additional Vaccine Dose for Certain Immunocompromised Individuals | FDA

Q. Will I have to continue wearing a mask after I get the vaccine?

Yes. We should all continue wearing face masks, washing our hands, and physical distancing until enough vaccine is in the community, until we know how long a vaccine will protect us, and until we have slowed the spread.

Continuing these safe practices after vaccination is important to prevent additional variants from developing and to lower the number of cases in the community.

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

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.

For more information on the COVID-19 vaccine, visit: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/index.html

COVID-19 Vaccine Resources

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

Huntington Hospital

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Mayo Clinic