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COVID 19 - Employee Info

COVID-19 vaccinations are allocated and distributed by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. Due to limited supply, the county authorized COVID-19 vaccinations select groups, divided into phases. We will update this page as soon as the county authorizes the next phase of vaccinations


If you are a resident of another County, COVID-19 vaccine distribution plans may vary. Please see the California Department of Public Health and the CDC vaccine webpages for state and national information and updates.


Please note, this information is subject to change and is based on available information at the time of publication. This FAQ document will be updated as new information is released. 


Logistics for Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine

If I want a COVID vaccination, can I get one now?
    • As of January 15, 2020, LA County is still in the first phase of vaccination, which is focused on healthcare workers. Educational workers are in the next phase (1B), tentatively scheduled for early February. Everyone who works at ESUSD will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine once LA County begins vaccinating people working in schools. To check the current phase, visit the County’s vaccine webpage.
    • Some school staff may qualify under phase 1A, including occupational and physical therapists, speech pathologists, and health/nursing staff. To view the full distribution list, visit LACDPH vaccination webpage
    • Some family members who care for people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities may also be prioritized in phase 1A. See letter from Department of Developmental Services dated January 13, 2021.
    • Individuals 65 and over (see LACDPH for more information).
How will we know the steps to get vaccinated? Is it through our healthcare provider? Will we receive an email? 
      • ESUSD will be informed via the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH) website, emails, telebriefings, and through partnership with the Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE). As soon as we are informed that it is time for school employees to sign up, we will inform all staff and send instructions to you.
Can I get the vaccine near where I live?
    • Vaccination is currently being offered in health clinics, pharmacies and at vaccination sites like Dodger Stadium all across Los Angeles County. Available vaccine dispensing sites will be listed when you sign up.
Do those who are eligible to get vaccinated have to provide proof they work in education? 
    • Per guidance from LACOE, our Human Resources department will generate employment letters for all staff once DPH has moved to Phase 1B.  We also advise bringing a copy of your pay stub and your school identification badge. If and when we receive additional information, we will update these instructions.  


If I live in another county, where should I go to get a vaccine? 
    • LA County has stated they will vaccinate anyone who works in LA County, so any ESUSD employee will be able to be vaccinated in LA County. If you live in another County, please check their vaccination website for more information.
If I don’t get the vaccine now, as part of the phase 1B release, will I be able to get it at a later date?
    • This phased vaccination plan will continue expanding until all adults will have access to the vaccine. However, when the vaccine becomes available to the general public, the vaccine supply levels at that time are unknown, and therefore whether or not it will be more difficult to get the vaccine is uncertain.
Will I have to pay to get a COVID-19 vaccine?
    • No.  Any fees should be covered by public and private insurance companies. People without health insurance can get COVID-19 vaccines at no cost. There are no out-of-pocket payments.


Vaccination and ESUSD HR Practices & Policies

Will having the vaccine be mandatory to return to work on campus?
    • We want to help everyone at ESUSD who is ready and willing to get the vaccine to have access to it. At this time, we do not have any guidance from the California Department of Public Health about unvaccinated employees and working on campus. Guidance from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) about required accommodations for employees who have religious and health/disability objections to the vaccination is still being developed. 
Do we still have to use coronavirus safety precautions after we are vaccinated? For example, do we still need to wear masks?
    • Yes. Even after receiving the vaccine, continuing to follow safety protocols will help keep you, your family and the entire Los Angeles community safe. Experts need to understand more about the protection that COVID-19 vaccines provide in real-world conditions before they stop requiring people to wear masks and avoid close contact with others. There are new variants to the virus and we do not have enough information yet about whether the vaccines protect against all of the new variants.
Are we going to have to use our sick days to get vaccinated?
    • No, you do not need to use sick days to get the vaccine, however if you are out for more than one day after the vaccination due to adverse reactions, you will need to use sick days for that time.
What are the options for individuals who are not comfortable with or unwilling to take the vaccine. Will their employment be at risk?
    • At this point in time, there is no requirement for school employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Federal and State officials have not offered any guidance about whether the vaccine will be mandated for school employees (or students). As new information emerges, we will share it with you and will do our best to accommodate employees who cannot be vaccinated while considering guidance we receive from Federal and State officials about keeping our community safe. 


General Information about the COVID-19 Vaccine

There are currently two COVID-19 vaccines with emergency use authorization by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration: the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and the Moderna vaccine.


The Pfizer vaccine is given in two shots, 21 days apart, and is authorized for use in people 16 years of age and older. The Moderna vaccine is given in two shots, 28 days apart, and is authorized for use in people 18 and older.

Both the Pfizer and the Moderna vaccines are about 95% effective at preventing symptomatic illness for COVID-19 a couple of weeks after both doses are received, according to FDA data.

What are the side effects?
    • Both the Pfizer and the Moderna vaccines work by helping your body produce antibodies. Antibodies are proteins that help fight infections from viruses, bacteria and other germs. Mild symptoms are common as when the body produces antibodies, and are not a sign of infection. In ongoing clinical trials, the most common side effects included:
      • Pain at the injection site
      • Fatigue
      • Headache
      • Muscle pain
      • Chills
      • Joint pain
      • Mild fever
    • Side effects are generally mild and go away after a day or two. They are likely to be more pronounced after the second shot. As with any vaccine, there is a low chance of allergic reaction. If you have a history of severe allergic reaction to other vaccines, please talk to your doctor about whether you should receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
I heard anyone aged 65 and above can get vaccinated now - where do they go? 
    • On January 19th, Los Angeles announced that persons age 65 and over will actively be vaccinated now, but supply is limited. For more information, including how to sign up, visit the LACDPH vaccine webpage for persons age 65 and over. Please note, supply remains limited. 
Will vaccines be provided for people who have already had COVID-19? 
    • Yes, it is advised that everyone over 18 get the vaccine, regardless of whether or not they had it in the past.  Due to the severe health risks associated with COVID-19 and the fact that reinfection with COVID-19 is possible, the CDC recommends getting vaccinated regardless of whether you already had COVID-19 infection. For more information visit the CDC’s vaccination webpage.
How will people show they have received a vaccine? 
    • People will be issued a verification card once they have received both doses of the vaccine. They will also receive an email after having received it. 
I want to learn more about the vaccines, where should I look?