COVID-19 Information

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: 07/30/2021

Together, we can keep our community healthy. The COVID-19 vaccine is safe, effective, and the best way to end the spread.

We understand that some people in the community are worried about the safety of the vaccine, or might be concerned about side effects. We have included some 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 your community safe and end the spread of this deadly virus.

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 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) authorized the use of COVID-19 vaccines to help stop the spread of the pandemic.

Q. Why should I get the vaccine?

A. You should get vaccinated when it is your turn because it will help keep you safe and help us stop the spread. 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 sick and developing symptoms.

COVID-19 variants: The COVID-19 variants circulating now are very contagious, an important reason for everyone to get vaccinated. In addition, vaccination can prevent more variants from being created.

Q. Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe?

A. Yes. There have been no reported serious safety concerns from COVID-19 vaccines. 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.

Millions of people have safely received a COVID-19 vaccine, and careful monitoring efforts have supported the science demonstrating vaccine safety.

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 COVID-19. You can read about the different vaccines in use on the CDC website (see 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 brochure 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. Can I get COVID-19 from the vaccine?

A. No. It is not possible to get COVID-19 from vaccines. Current vaccines use only genetic material from the virus while other vaccines being studied use inactivated virus. None of these can cause COVID-19.

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 vaccinate shot, or booster, if I’ve already the first shot?

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

A. Yes. We should all continue wearing face masks, washing our hands, and social 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 because we don’t yet know whether getting a COVID-19 vaccine will prevent you from spreading the virus to other people, even if you don’t get sick yourself.

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 et vaccinated when you are eligible.

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. If you’ve had a positive COVID-19 test, you should wait 90 days before getting a vaccine.

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

Pasadena would like to remind residents that they must get their second dose through the same system where they got their first dose. In other words, if you’re a Pasadena resident but you got your first dose through LA County, you will need to get your second dose through the county. That’s because the city allocates its second-round shots based on how many first-round shots it delivered; the county does the same.

COVID-19 Vaccine Resources

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

Huntington Hospital

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Mayo Clinic