Adults must show proof of full vaccination and photo ID for indoor entry into bars, breweries, wineries, distilleries, nightclubs, and lounges. Children ages 5 to 11 can now be vaccinated.
By News Desk
On November 8, the City of Los Angeles’ vaccine verification program, called SafePassLA, goes into effect, and will require proof of full vaccination for entry into the indoor portions of restaurants, bars, coffee shops, breweries, wineries, gyms, spas, nail salons, barbershops, movie theaters, shopping malls, and entertainment and recreation venues. This applies to all patrons and employees and includes indoor portions of City facilities such as LA City Hall, senior centers, recreation centers, and service centers.
Vaccine for Children
Earlier this week, the CDC endorsed the use of the Pfizer vaccine in children aged 5 to 11 years old. There are many good reasons to vaccinate children in this age group: COVID-19 infection can lead to hospitalization and death, and children can transmit the virus at least as efficiently as adults. In L.A. County, an estimated 900,000 children between the ages of 5 and 11 are eligible for vaccinations. Vaccination has been shown to be 91% effective in preventing infection in this age group with only mild side effects.
Children getting vaccinated need to bring with them a consent form signed by an adult responsible for the child – and that consent form can be signed by the adult at the vaccination site. At some vaccination sites, including those run by Public Health, children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. You do not need to show identification in order to get a vaccine, nor do you need to be a United States citizen to be vaccinated.
For this week, L.A. Public Health encourages parents to call ahead of time to be sure the provider is able to offer vaccines to children 5-11. All six of the Public Health community sites have already begun vaccinating children. Parents can bring their children in to these community centers without appointments.
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