Five websites to help you learn and prepare for the COVID-19 vaccine

Here are some virtual resources to help research and plan your vaccination appointment.

As the COVID-19 vaccine rollout continues, more people will become eligible and will consider making a vaccination appointment. In Los Angeles County, there are many vaccine sites to choose from, including a new site that recently opened at USC on March 9.

Here are some websites and virtual resources to learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine and to help you stay up-to-date on the latest news about eligibility and vaccination sites where you can make appointments.

1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Learn about the CDC’s most updated information and recommendations in regards to COVID-19 and the COVID-19 vaccine. Website users can search their specific state or territory to find out whether they are vaccine eligible and learn more about their local health department.

This website also provides information about how to schedule your vaccine appointment when you are eligible as well as what to expect and best practices when preparing for your appointment.

You can also join the CDC’s free email subscription list to receive future updates about COVID-19.

2. County of Los Angeles Public Health

Another virtual resource that people can use in their research process is the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. They have two websites — a version in both Spanish and English. People can find information about COVID-19 vaccination sites in L.A. County and receive answers to frequently asked questions regarding the vaccine.

Dr. Eloisa Gonzalez, a specialist in Preventive Medicine and Public Health with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, told Dímelo about these two sites and recommended them to people who are hesitant or in need of more insight about the COVID-19 vaccine.

“We as a county are making efforts to increase the numbers of sites in communities where most are needed, which are Latino and African American communities that are currently the least, whether accepting the vaccine or at least taking it by registering for it,” said Dr. Gonzalez.

According to the website, residents with disabilities or without computer access can call 833-540-0473 between 8 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. 7 days a week for more information about making appointments. People can also sign up for the site’s vaccine newsletter for the latest information and updates.

3. USC COVID-19 Resource Center

The USC COVID-19 Resource Center offers information, updates and other resources to support and inform the USC community about COVID-19 and the COVID-19 vaccine. The site includes health tips about hygiene, social distancing protocols, and how students, faculty and staff can best monitor their health. Not only can people stay up-to-date with the number of cases at USC, but they can also make appointments for COVID-19 testing and COVID-19 vaccinations.

USC will continue to update the site with the latest COVID-19 Campus Notifications.

People are able to notify the university of a case by calling 213-740-6291 or by emailing covid19@usc.edu.

4. UCLA Health COVID-19 Vaccine Information Hub

UCLA Health also offers COVID-19 resources that address everything from vaccine distributions and health tips to instructions on how to schedule an appointment for the COVID-19 vaccine. These instructions can be translated in six different languages, including Spanish.

According to the site, due to limited supply of the vaccine, eligible UCLA Health patients who are most vulnerable for severe illness from COVID-19 will receive an invitation to receive the vaccine first.

While people wait for their vaccine eligibility and the latest COVID-19 news, they can stay up-to-date with new information from UCLA Health by signing up for their email newsletter.

5. Safer L.A.

The City of Los Angeles’ Safer L.A. website provides information about the COVID-19 vaccine and which specific tiers of people are eligible for the vaccine. It also offers toolkits to help local businesses and other health related resources to help inform all Angelenos during the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to the site, the city is “working to help Angelenos understand what guidelines and restrictions are in place in our city to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus and keep our communities safe.”

Los Angeles residents can also check their eligibility by looking at the COVID-19 vaccine resource page and learn how and where to book a vaccination appointment. People can get the latest information about the vaccine rollout and check their eligibility here.

For more information about the COVID-19 vaccine, check out Dímelo’s recent Facebook Live, “Gen-uine Chats: Vaccine Myths & Misconceptions” where reporter Steven Vargas interviewed health professionals.