With the urgent need to reduce transmission risk and increase vaccination coverage in Los Angeles County, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health will begin requiring verification of vaccination in select high-risk settings by Oct. 7.
Public Health will issue a modified Health Officer Order later this week that will require vaccination verification or a negative test within 72 hours prior to attending outdoor mega events. Attendees at indoor mega events are already required to show proof of vaccination or a negative test result prior to entry.
Many mega event venues already established verification systems during the spring in response to previous capacity restrictions, and Public Health is prepared to offer all large venues and organizers of mega events technical assistance to help with implementation.
Vaccine verification will also be required for customers and employees at indoor portions of bars, wineries, breweries, night clubs and lounges. These establishments are primarily attended by adults and already require patrons to show identification. Public Health will prepare a toolkit to assist businesses in confirming vaccinations and will provide education and support to those establishments requesting assistance. While not required, vaccine verification at indoor portions of restaurants are also recommended.
The modified health officer order would require customers and employees at bars, breweries, wineries, night clubs and lounges to have at least one dose of the vaccine by Oct. 7 and both doses by Nov. 4.
“We in Public Health believe that targeted vaccination mandates are an important strategy for quickly raising vaccination coverage in our county and ending the pandemic, and we applaud our president, our governor, our board of supervisors, our cities and school districts, and business establishments across the county for creating additional safety in spaces where people are intermingling with the use of targeted vaccination mandates,” said Director of Public Health Barbara Ferrer. “As evidence mounts affirming the safety and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines, vaccination mandates are an increasingly important tool to prevent future Covid surges that cause widespread suffering. The modified health officer order aligns with the continued need to reduce risk for transmission and increase vaccination coverage. This is a reasonable path forward that can position us to be better able to break the cycle of surges.”
The county’s Community Health Worker Outreach Initiative has onboarded a total of 467 community health workers who have reached nearly 1.3 million people between May and September of this year, providing information in multiple languages on available vaccination services, scheduling vaccine appointments, distributing more than 750,000 masks, door knocking and participating in educational sessions with residents.
This week, there are 1,363 sites offering vaccinations including pharmacies, clinics, community sites and hospitals and 413 sites where mobile teams are offering vaccinations, which are concentrated in higher-need areas. Public Health continues to prioritize using mobile teams to reach those not yet vaccinated and those needing their third dose that are most vulnerable, focused on residents that are homebound and those in nursing homes.
Public Health encourages everyone who is eligible to get vaccinated. Anyone 12 years and older living or working in L.A. County can get vaccinated against COVID-19. Many vaccination sites across the county, including all the county-run sites, are also offering third doses of vaccine to eligible immunocompromised people. Vaccinations are always free and open to eligible residents and workers regardless of immigration status.
Visit www.VaccinateLACounty.com (English) and www.VacunateLosAngeles.com (Spanish) to find a vaccination site near you, make an appointment at vaccination sites, and much more. If you don’t have internet access, can’t use a computer or you’re over 65, you can call 1-833-540-0473 for help finding an appointment, connecting to free transportation to and from a vaccination site, or scheduling a home-visit if you are homebound.
The information above is from a press release obtained by The SCV Proclaimer.