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Child Care Workers Are Waiting Their Turn To Get Vaccines. Here's What We Know So Far

Ms. Carmen, a teacher in the infant class, wears a face mask and a hair net for the safety of the children at Young Horizons Child Development Center. (Chava Sanchez/LAist)
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With the exception of the city of Long Beach, most L.A. area child care workers under 65 can’t be vaccinated yet.

Child care providers are included in the next group eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations in L.A. County, Orange County and Pasadena, but with an uncertain supply of vaccines, it’s hard to say whether it will be days or weeks before they’re able to sign up for appointments.

“The biggest problem right now in Los Angeles County, whether we're talking about childcare providers or health care providers, or whatever, is there's not enough vaccines,” said Cristina Alvarado, executive director of Child Care Alliance of Los Angeles, whose 10 partner agencies deliver child care services throughout the county.

In the meantime, there are a few things child care providers can do to ensure they don’t miss the memo when they do become eligible.

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Alvarado recommends providers create a profile on the CA ECE Workforce Registry and stay in contact with their local resource and referral agency.

Child care workers can also join the LA County ECE COVID-19 Response Team Community Calls. They’re typically on Friday mornings and information about those calls is usually posted here.


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