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| Tuesday, Jan 26, 2021
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Los Angeles County employees check reservations as hundreds of vehicles line up at Six Flags Magic Mountain for vaccination shots in Valencia on Tuesday, 011921. Dan Watson/The Signal

 

With COVID-19 vaccine appointments booked at Los Angeles County sites through the end of the week, Public Health officials assured those who received their first dose are guaranteed their second — but confusion over the scheduling process prompted officials to clarify the situation Tuesday.

County Supervisor Janice Hahn said during the Board of Supervisors meeting she’s heard from constituents who have grown anxious over not receiving confirmation for their second-dose appointment.

“They’re beyond anxious. They’re so afraid that we have wasted that first dose. They haven’t gotten their second dose and they’re approaching three weeks and they’re really worried about this,” said Hahn.

Simply put, eligible residents who received their first dose at a county site “do not need to register to get that second appointment,” said Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer. Residents should have received a return date and are expected to receive a confirmation email prior to their second appointment — which should be at the same location and time as the first dose 21 days later, according to Public Health officials.

County-partnered sites, such as Ralphs pharmacies, are expected to make those second appointments for people during their first visits, she added. At Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital, residents receive QR codes to scan and register their follow-up appointments themselves, according to Carissa Bortugno, a registered pharmacist and senior director of clinical support services at the hospital.

“I really want everybody to know that we guarantee, at all the sites, their second doses. No site should ever say, ‘I can’t give you the second dose because I didn’t get the second dose,’” said Ferrer. “We’re not shorting anybody on the second doses and we know how anxious this is making people feel.”
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For those who were not given a date for their second dose, Ferrer assured Tuesday that residents should expect to receive an email by the end of the week.

Among those waiting for that email is Santa Clarita resident C. Miller, who attended Six Flags with her husband last Tuesday, and they are within the 65 and older group.

“We both got an email that same day but it wasn’t with the scheduled date of the second dose. My husband got his (second) appointment I haven’t gotten mine yet. We’re just vigilant,” she said, adding that the couple felt they “really lucked out” in getting the vaccine after many people fell short of scheduling an appointment after the county booking site crashed due to thousands of inquiries.

Santa Clarita resident Kathy Giordano and her husband also received their first dose at Six Flags and are among those who have already received an email from the county reminding them to return for their second dose in February.

With residents often rechecking appointment availabilities at the county’s booking website, vaccinatelacounty.com, Hahn suggested Public Health create a waitlist so residents can receive notifications when an appointment becomes available. Ferrer said she would look into the matter with the department.

The conversation comes as California Public Health officials announced the launch of My Turn, an online platform where residents can sign up to learn when they are eligible to be vaccinated, make an appointment and track vaccination data at myturn.ca.gov.

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6 Comments

  1. Alec Cuddeback says:

    Confused. We got our initial vaccination at Dodger Stadium today-January 26-and got a card with a date for the 2nd shot. Was told we HAD to schedule the appointment ourselves, but just read the date will automatically be reserved, and we just need to show up at Dodger Stadium then. What’s the truth?

  2. Lisa Berger says:

    Hi. I received my 1st dose Jan 7th. No one ever gave me any information about the second dose. I went back to the same place I received the first vaccine they were totally clueless very discombobulated when I was there I waited about three hours and I can guarantee you that 95% of that line we’re not healthcare workers like myself in need of the second vaccination I have not been able to logon and find an appointment I need to have it done February 4 that is what I planned at work it’s 28 days later I usually have reactions so I planned it out where I’m off on Friday and the weekend and I would be OK by Monday. I’m very frustrated and aggravated. I have spent hours trying to reach someone. I did receive an email but it did not have any information about getting a second vaccine. Please advise. I am also very anxious about this. I am a respiratory therapist and I see patients and iamb concerned.

    Thanks,
    Lisa

  3. Tom Bernstein says:

    I recieved my first shot Jan. 21 at the CSUN POD along with my wife. She got a congratulatory e-mail shortly after. I did not. My white card says I’m should get my second on Feb. 11. Am I in the system for this? TomB.

  4. Tom Bernstein says:

    I received my first shot Jan. 21 at the CSUN POD along with my wife. She got a congratulatory e-mail shortly after. I did not. My white card says I’m should get my second on Feb. 11. Am I in the system for this? TomB.

  5. Shirley Smith says:

    I received my 1st shot on Feb 10 at Memorial Hospital of Gardena, and was told to schedule an appointment for March 3. Howevver, I’m having trouble scheduling. Will I get an e-mail notification for automatic scheduling for that date? Or, do I have to reschedule myself?

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