As of May 12th, all California residents 12 years of age and older will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
Harbor Regional Center is available to assist you:
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From March through early July, Harbor Regional Center was fortunate to be able to offer vaccine clinics, in collaboration with Anchor/Oxford Healthcare, at our Torrance office. These clinics were offered to provide an easily accessible opportunity for clients, family and household members, service providers/direct care staff, family and friends, and the general community to receive the vaccine. Though as of July we have ceased offering the vaccination clinic at our office, we encourage you to go to one of the many other convenient locations being offered in your community.
We will post information about other locations in our community in our HRC enews bulletins or Facebook page. Subscribe to the HRC enews to receive updates on clinics being offered in your area.
Where else can I sign-up for a vaccine?
If you need help with scheduling a vaccine, or transportation to get a vaccine, your regional center can provide information and guidance. If you have questions, please contact your service coordinator. If you are not able to reach your Service Coordinator or need step-by-step assistance, please call HRC’s hotline at (310) 543-0130. We are available to assist HRC clients with securing your appointment and can assist in coordinating transportation to your vaccination appointment if needed.
Vaccination appointments can be made using a website or by telephone.
For Long Beach residents and workers: The City of Long Beach will continue to provide opportunities to get vaccinated without an appointment, for Long Beach residents age 12 and over and workers, at local community locations.
To schedule a vaccination appointment online, you may use the following websites:
- Vaccine Finder (search by zip code to find out who has a supply of vaccines locally )
- www.covid19.ca.gov/vaccines- scroll down to View Vaccines On Hand
- RiteAid: https://www.riteaid.com/pharmacy/covid-qualifier
- CVS: https://www.cvs.com/immunizations/covid-19-vaccine
- Walgreens: https://www.walgreens.com/topic/promotion/covid-vaccine.jsp
- www.VaccinateLACounty.com (English)
- www.VacunateLosAngeles.com (Spanish)
LA County residents this site lists who is eligible, the type
of vaccine you should get, where to find appointments, and the
documentation you will need for your category.
- To sign up for a Stand-by waitlist for same day available appointment https://hidrb.com/
To schedule a vaccination appointment by telephone, you may call the following:
- CA COVID-19 Hotline at 1-833-422-4255or (833) 4CA-4ALL 8:00 AM-8:00 PM Monday through Friday and 8:00 AM-5:00 PM Saturday and Sunday
- Residents who don’t have computer access may call (833) 540-0473 between 8 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. 7 days a week or 2-1-1 for assistance with appointments.
What Documentation will I need for vaccination of a person with a developmental or other disability/high risk health condition?
For vaccination in LA County you will need the following. One document may cover more than one requirement:
Photo ID (does not have to be government issued)
Proof that you live in LA County
Proof that you are in the eligible age range. As of May 12 everyone age 12 and over is eligible.
Consent for minors: Minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who can provide consent for vaccination. When scheduling for individuals under age 18, you will need to make sure that the clinic is providing Pfizer vaccine. This is the only vaccine that is currently approved for ages 12-18. The Moderna and Janssen vaccines can only be given to people age 18 years and older
Before vaccine eligibility was expanded to include everyone in the community in the designated age range, regional center clients and people with special health conditions were eligible under a special at-risk category.
Am I required to get a vaccine?
No, vaccines are not required. We hope that once Californians learn that COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective, people will choose to be vaccinated. Regional center providers cannot require you to receive the COVID vaccine.
Where can I get more information about vaccines?
More information about vaccines can be found on the DDS website at:
or from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at:
Information on Side Effects: When to call the doctor
In most cases, discomfort from pain or fever is a normal sign that your body is building protection. Contact your doctor or healthcare provider:
- If the redness or tenderness where you got the shot gets worse after 24 hours
- If your side effects are worrying you or do not seem to be going away after a few days
If you get a COVID-19 vaccine and you think you might be having a
severe allergic reaction after leaving the vaccination site, seek
immediate medical care by calling 911.
Learn more about COVID-19 vaccines and rare severe allergic reactions.
COVID-19 Vaccination Eligibility for Direct Caregivers
Now that everyone age 16 and older is eligible for a vaccine, you will probably not be required to provide documentation of being eligible in this category.
On January 13, 2021, the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) released letters clarifying that direct support employees and family members proving support for regional center clients are considered “health care workers” and thus eligible for inclusion in Phase 1a of California’s COVID-19 Vaccination Plan.
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has updated their guidance for what to bring to your scheduled vaccine appointment:
- A letter from a regional center noting healthcare worker status must include the caregiver’s name and an attestation that the person cared for has a qualifying intellectual or developmental disability as per the DDS letter
- AND a photo ID.
- LACDPH will NOT accept medical documentation.
- The Regional Center is following the guidelines provided by CDPH and LACDPH and has no jurisdiction over who will receive vaccines.
- CDPH and LACDPH do not list Intellectual Disability and Autism as qualifying conditions. Parents of individuals with these diagnoses may be eligible for a vaccine if the client also has a specialized health care need or a secondary diagnosis from the list above.
- Please contact your service coordinator for a letter from the Regional Center, for documentation that meet the above requirements. The letter must be specific to the caregiver(s), most often the parent(s). Please do not bring additional family members as they will be turned away.
If you are a family member/caregiver of an individual with one of the above eligible conditions and have not yet obtained the vaccine, you may contact your service coordinator to request an individualized letter documenting that you provide care for a person with a developmental disability.
Phase 1A the category of health care workers includes:
- healthcare workers and residents in skilled nursing and long-term care facilities
- healthcare workers in home healthcare organizations and agencies
- healthcare workers in intermediate care facilities
- IHSS providers
- speech therapists
- physical therapists
- occupational therapists
Department of Developmental Services Directives
Find the most current Directives issued by DDS in response to the COVID-19 pandemic
These websites provide basic COVID-19 information as well as case information, current health orders for the county, testing sites, and resources for assistance.
of Developmental Services Coronavirus Information
provides information on:
State and Federal COVID-19 Updates
Directives for regional centers and service providers
Information for Service Providers
Information on Alternative Service Delivery
Information for Individuals and Families
Frequently Asked Questions
California State Council on Developmental Disabilities COVID-19 Information (Includes information in plain language
Center for Disease Control guidance for people with developmental and behavioral disorders
Free Health Care for those without insurance
My Health LA is a no-cost health care program for people who live in LA County that is free to individuals and families who do not have and cannot get health insurance, such as Full-Scope Medi-Cal.
Health care services are provided by non-profit clinics called “Community Partners.” There are over 200 Community Partner clinics in My Health LA. Click here to find a clinic near you. Please call the clinic to make an enrollment appointment and to make sure the clinic is taking new patients at this time.
Free Mental Health Support
With stress, anxiety, and depression on the rise in light of the ongoing challenge of the pandemic, the L.A. County Department of Mental Health’s (LACDMH) 24/7 Helpline at (800) 854-7771 is available to provide mental health support, resources and referrals (LACDMH facility updates are available here).
LACDMH has partnered with Headspace to offer a collection of mindfulness and meditation resources – for free – to all L.A. County residents. The free Headspace Plus subscription includes access to hundreds of science-backed guided meditations in English and Spanish, as well as movement and sleep exercises to help manage stress, fear and anxiety related to COVID-19.
LACDMH is also a part of PsychHub’s COVID-19 Mental Health Resource Hub, which is dedicated to providing free resources to help people address their mental health needs during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Guides and General Resources
Communication First – COVID-19 Communication Rights
Toolkit with Printable Patient Accommodations Request
Autism Society of America – Online COVID-19 Toolkit
Q&A on COVID-19 and Down syndrome
David Penso List of Activities for People with Autism
American Association on Health & Disability Resources for People with Disabilities on COVID-19
Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund – (English & Espanol)If You or Someone You Know is Disabled: Know Your Rights to Medical Care – COVID-19
Disability and Disaster Hotline (800) 626-4959 and firstname.lastname@example.org during COVID-19 from the Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies - is always available for intake calls, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.The Partnership’s Disaster Hotline provides information, referrals, guidance, technical assistance and resources to people with disabilities, their families, allies, organizations assisting disaster impacted individuals with disabilities and others seeking assistance with immediate and urgent disaster-related needs.
Who’s Eligible for the second round of Economic Impact Payments (January 2021)?
Generally, if you’re a U.S. citizen or U.S. resident alien, you may be eligible for $600 ($1,200 for a joint return), plus $600 for each qualifying child, if you (and your spouse if filing a joint return) aren’t a dependent of another taxpayer on a 2019 tax return, have a social security number (SSN) valid for employment (see exception when married filing joint) and your adjusted gross income (AGI) does not exceed:
- $150,000 if married and filing a joint return or if filing as a qualifying widow or widower;
- $112,500 if filing as head of household; or
- $75,000 for eligible individuals using any other filing status
Your payment will be reduced by 5% of the amount by which your AGI exceeds the applicable threshold above.
You aren’t eligible for a payment if any of the following apply to you:
- You were claimed as a dependent on another taxpayer’s 2019 tax return (for example, a child or student who may be claimed on a parent’s tax return or a dependent parent who may be claimed on an adult child’s tax return).
- You don’t have an SSN that is valid for employment issued before the due date of your 2019 tax return (including any extensions).
- You’re a nonresident alien.
- People who died before 2020.
- Are an estate or trust.
In Home Supportive Services (IHSS)
Families may call the Application Line at 1-888-944-4477.
IHSS is still taking new applications and assessments will likely be conducted via telephone.
For existing cases, contact the IHSS Helpline at 1-888-822-9622.
The state is also allowing telephone reassessments, and there is a hold on any hours reductions through June 30th. For cases impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, specifically where the person is not going to school/day program, or is losing help (from family/care provider), or additional hours are needed, the County has indicated that an additional 20 hours may be able to be authorized.
Department of Public Social Services Frequently Asked Questions on CalFresh, IHSS, etc
Los Angeles County utilities are providing resources and relief to eligible residents. Many utilities, including LA County Public Works, SoCal Edison, and City of Long Beach are not shutting off service for non-payment.
Low or No Cost Internet and Wireless Media Resources
- Emergency Broadband Benefit provides discounts towards broadband services and one-time discounts to purchase a laptop, computer, or tablet. Eligible households can enroll in this federal aid program through an approved provider or by visiting https://getemergencybroadband.org.
- Everyone On Find information at Internet for All Now or call 844 841-INFO Toll Free To find which low-cost Internet and computer offers are available in your area. Note: Frontier low-cost offers are not listed
- LA County Wifi Access in your area
- Guide To Internet Plans For Low And Fixed-Income Households
- Internet Resources for Low-Income Families search by zip code
- California Life-line Program This government-assisted wireless service provides discounted home phone and cell phone services to eligible low-income families and individuals. Qualified customers can receive a free cell phone along with unlimited free minutes and free texts every month.
- Consolidated Communications Free Hotspot Access. Families can call 1.844.YOUR.CCI to gain free access to Wi-Fi hotspots
- Comcast Free internet from Comcast for free for 60 days
- Charter Communications Free internet for 60 days for children k-12 and college students
- Zoom – video conferencing and phone meetings
- Tutorial for Using Zoom on a Computer
- Tutorial for Using Zoom on a Tablet
Click here to enroll today. A food and nutrition services program, also known as SNAP. L.A. County is helping enroll low-income residents in the CalFresh Program, which issues monthly electronic EBT benefits that can be used to buy most foods at many markets and food stores.
This is a program that is striving to help families who receive SNAP benefits by matching SNAP funds up to $50.
#LetsFeedLACountyDrive Thru Food Distribution events in LA County
211 LACounty Food Resource Directory
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offers meals, food and diaper bank and other support services. See link for hours and requirements
Anyone may come to pick up food during Open Community Hours, without an application or appointment!
Food bank serves Torrance, Beach Cities, Carson, Lomita, Harbor City and Gardena) . Email referrals to Dede.O@cchild.org
Call the Everytable Helpline at 323-458-6487 for questions and more information.
Childcare for Essential Workers
covid19.ca.gov/childcare provides access to safe and reliable child care options for working parents, including essential workers and vulnerable populations
The nonprofit Pacific Gateway Workforce Partnership has launched WorkLB, a free electronic platform that helps to connect hourly child care providers with members of the public who suddenly need quality childcare. For more information, call (562) 570-4249.
Workers Displaced by COVID 19
Focusing immediately on childcare, they are working to match displaced childcare workers with those who need this service. It offers other services match hourly workers with employers seeking vetted employees.
A one-stop repository of information and resources for
workers displaced by the COVID-19 pandemic. Based on the user’s
location and personal needs, in three distinct tiers of need:
Immediate sources for monetary aid — from unemployment to industry relief funds for workers to loans and grants for small businesses.
Emergency non-monetary resources — including food, shelter, medicine, groceries, child-care, and more.
Job matching to pair up workers’ skills with companies that are doing immediate hiring because of higher demand during the coronavirus-precaution measures, like call centers and deliveries of food and other goods. Job-training resources are also planned for people who need to make a change in career after losing their jobs to the pandemic.
Learning About COVID-19 For Children or People with Developmental Disabilities
NPR Just For Kids: A Comic Exploring the Coronavirus
Little Puddins: The Autism Educator – Coronavirus Social Story – Resources for children with autism to help alleviate fears and anxiety many children may be experiencing at this time.
My Story About Pandemics and the Coronavirus Social Story by Carol Gray