COVID VACCINATION UPDATE

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, all of us have had to make difficult decisions about how we live our lives and help reduce the spread of the virus across our communities. The City of Azusa is committed to public health and safety, and keeping the community informed. Please continue to follow public health experts' recommendations to avoid spreading COVID-19 including frequent handwashing, wearing a face covering, keeping a safe distance from one another, and complying with the most recent State and County Orders. For up-to-date Department of Public Health guidance, more information is available here. To stay informed on City-specific updates, residents may also tune in to the City Manager Update provided at the beginning of each City Council meeting and/or follow the City on Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram.

Regional Stay at Home Order Lifted: The State of California announced Monday 1/25/2021 that the Regional Stay at Home Order has been ended as a result of improvement of ICU projections throughout California. Counties will return to their appropriate tier under the Blueprint for a Safer Economy. 

Vaccination Update: Los Angeles County residents who are in the following sectors may now register for COVID-19 vaccination appointments on March 1 – Food and Agriculture, Education and Childcare, and Emergency Services and First Responders. Registration is required and workers will need to show proof of identification and proof of employment in a qualifying sector within Los Angeles County. With very limited vaccine supply and uncertainty on timing for increased production, a realistic and carefully developed plan for expanding vaccination availability to these additional sectors is being executed by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. For more info, visit the Los Angeles County website.

Residents who don’t have computer access may call (833) 540-0473 between 8 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. for assistance with reservations. 

Vaccinations are free, and available to all, regardless of immigration status or insurance coverage. For those who have insurance, coverage information may be requested as part of the appointment scheduling process.

Expanding Access to Vaccinations: COVID-19 vaccines are becoming available at local pharmacies, health clinics and federally qualified health centers, some senior housing developments and centers, mobile vaccination units, and special vaccination sites run by Public Health and county, city, community and healthcare partners. If you qualify for the vaccine under the appropriate distribution tier, you are encouraged to visit the Los Angeles County website and/or reach out to your direct medical provider (e.g. Kaiser Permanente, Altamed, Blue Shield) for further instructions and availability. While not guaranteed, some local pharmacies are also offering vaccination appointments for first and second doses. Look up availability and schedule a vaccination through CVS Pharmacies and Walgreens Pharmacies

State Providing COVID-19 Relief to Individuals and Businesses:  Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law a package of immediate actions that will speed relief to individuals, families and businesses suffering the most significant economic hardship due to COVID-19. The legislation provides cash relief to lower-income Californians, increases aid to small businesses and provides license renewal fee waivers to businesses impacted by the pandemic. Following are its major provisions: 

  • Individuals and Families: Provides $600 in one-time relief to households receiving the California Earned Income Tax Credit for 2020. In addition, the agreement provides a $600 one-time payment to taxpayers with Individual Tax Identification Numbers (ITINs) who were precluded from receiving the $1,200 per person federal payments issued last spring and the more recent $600 federal payments. It also provides $600 payments to households with ITINs and income below $75,000. ITIN taxpayers who also qualify for the California EITC would receive a total of $1,200. The payments will be provided to these households shortly after they file their 2020 tax returns.
  • Small Businesses: Provides grants of up to $25,000 for small businesses impacted by the pandemic and allocates $50 million of this total for non-profit cultural institutions.
  • Bars and Restaurants: Provides 2 years of fee relief for restaurants and bars licensed through the state’s Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. The action also reflects fee relief for more than 600,000 barbering and cosmetology individuals and businesses licensed through the Department of Consumer Affairs.
  • Child Care: Addition of just over $400 million in new federal funds to provide stipends of $525 per enrolled child for all state-subsidized childcare and preschool providers. 
  • Community College Students: Provides an additional $100 million in emergency financial aid for qualifying low-income students carrying six or more units, with award amounts to be determined locally and made available by early April.

Please visit our COVID-19 information page for the latest updates.

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