Together, we can keep our community safe. We know that the vaccine is the way forward and out of this pandemic, and we believe strongly that it is safe and effective.
The following individuals in LA County are currently eligible to receive the vaccine:
- Healthcare Providers
- Residents 65 Years and Older
Read on for more details.
COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs
Q. Who is getting vaccinated at Huntington Hospital?
A. Under the direction of Pasadena Public Health, we are vaccinating our employees, physicians and other healthcare providers in the Pasadena community. We are especially focused on supporting vaccination for qualifying individuals in communities which have traditionally been underserved from a healthcare perspective.
Please do not call the hospital to inquire about getting a vaccine, instead direct your inquiry to the below numbers or links.
Q. How can I get a vaccine if I am eligible?
A. Los Angeles County residents 65 years and older and healthcare workers can go online to schedule their appointments, or call (833) 540-0473 between 8 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. for assistance with reservations.
City of Pasadenais also providing vaccinations healthcare workers and those 65+ who reside or practice in the city – must have a Pasadena residential or business address. Seniors in Pasadena can fill out this form if they would like to note their interest in getting the vaccine, or call (626) 744-7311.
Q. When will other groups get the vaccine?
A. There is a high level of interest in the vaccine, which is wonderful news. We appreciate everyone’s tolerance as this important resource is deployed within the guidelines which prioritize individuals by risk, and would like to note:
- Los Angeles is the most populous county in the entire nation, with more than 10 million residents.
- The vaccination process is dependent on supply of vaccine and the availability of individuals to administer it.
We ask you to remain hopeful and patient as this process unfolds; everyone who wants a vaccine will ultimately be offered one.
As for what we can all do until everyone who wants a vaccine has been offered one: we must continue to follow the guidelines related to masking, distancing and not gathering with those outside of our household. Now is the time for us to double down on our efforts to keep ourselves, our families and our community safe.
Additional City and County Resources for Community Providers
Click here if you are a healthcare provider located in the City of Pasadena to fill out a vaccination inquiry form. To open access to vaccination, the City is trying to help providers get a direct supply of vaccine from the state.
Community providers may find information to register with the COVIDReadi program.
- Click here to learn more about the COVIDReadi program and registration process.
- Click here to begin the registration process.
Q. What do we know about the COVID-19 vaccines?
A. The FDA granted emergency use authorization (EUA) for the Pfizer vaccine on December 11 and for the Moderna vaccine on December 18. Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require two doses, 21-28 days apart, respectively. The second dose must be from the same manufacturer as the first dose (i.e., you cannot get one dose of Moderna and the other from Pfizer, or vice versa).
Q. Is the vaccine safe?
A. Yes. At Huntington Hospital we believe the vaccine is safe. There have been no reported serious safety concerns from the Moderna or Pfizer 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. COVID-19 can be a fatal or debilitating disease, even in young, healthy people. The risks from contracting the virus are greater than the possible risks from receiving the vaccine.
We encourage you to read this Mayo Clinic article debunking COVID-19 vaccine myths.
Click to read the Mayo Clinic “COVID-19 vaccine myths debunked” article.
Here’s a link to more information from the CDC: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/safety.html
Q. Are there any side effects from the COVID-19 vaccine?
A. 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.
Here’s a link to the FDA site with more information: www.fda.gov/emergency-preparedness-and-response/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19/pfizer-biontech-covid-19-vaccine
Q. Can I get COVID-19 from the vaccine?
A. No. It is not possible to get COVID-19 from vaccines. The Pfizer and Moderna 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 for cellular immunity to develop and roughly six weeks for a full antibody response.
Q. If I have had COVID-19 should I get the vaccine?
A. Yes. While individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 do produce antibodies, the antibody levels and how long they last are not known. If you’ve had a positive COVID-19 test, you can wait 90 days before getting a vaccine.
Q. Will I have to continue wearing a mask after I get the vaccine?
A. Yes. We should all continue wearing face masks, practicing excellent hand hygiene and social distancing until enough vaccine is manufactured and distributed, until we know how long a vaccine will protect us, and until our community shows levels of minimal spread.
For more information on the COVID-19 vaccine, visit: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/index.html