Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is offering free COVID-19 and flu vaccines for the families at its Specialty Care Centers during select dates in January. Appointments for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine are available for those ages 5 and older by visiting myturn.ca.gov, California’s official vaccination appointment scheduling system. The clinics are also offering the Pfizer-BioNTech booster for eligible individuals ages 16 and older. Flu shots are available on a walk-in basis for those 6 months of age and older. Per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it is safe to get the COVID-19 and flu vaccines at the same time.
“With COVID-19 cases on the rise again, and the threat of the more transmissible Omicron variant, it’s crucial that families stay vigilant and not allow pandemic fatigue to settle in,” said Dr. James Stein, chief Medical officer of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. “The most important thing people can do to keep themselves and their loved ones safe is to get fully vaccinated. The COVID-19 vaccine has been proven to be safe and effective for everyone ages five and up, and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is committed to doing its part in spreading this message and helping to make vaccines more accessible in the community.”
Clinics will be held on Jan. 8, 15 and 22 in Arcadia, Encino and Torrance, respectively. Second doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine will be available on Saturday, Feb. 12. Pfizer-BioNTech booster shots are also available for eligible individuals ages 16 and older who received the second shot more than 6 months ago.
CHLA has been serving its local community as a COVID-19 vaccination site since February 2021 and has also made it a priority to go beyond its campus at 6450 Sunset Blvd., where vaccinations are also available. In March and April, CHLA vaccinated over 500 community members at a pop-up vaccine clinic in Macedonia Baptist Church in South Los Angeles and another 250 community members at Antelope Valley Recreational Center. CHLA also targeted schools, providing staff for Inglewood High School’s vaccine clinic, and vaccinating over 750 students and family members at South El Monte High School and over 470 students and family members at Mountain View High School. In November, CHLA became one of the first hospitals on the West Coast to administer the COVID-19 vaccine to children ages 5-11 following CDC approval of. To date, CHLA has administered more than 44,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine both at the hospital and in the community.
For information, chla.org/blog.
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