Some groups in Los Angeles County are already being vaccinated. These groups include staff who work in acute care hospitals, residents and staff at Skilled Nursing Facilities, and emergency medical technicians and paramedics.
Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines have been shown to be safe and very effective in large studies that involved a diverse mix of people. These vaccines prevented 95% of cases of COVID-19 disease. While the vaccine stops people from getting sick, however, it is not yet clear if it stops them from spreading COVID-19 to other people. It is also not yet known how long they will be immune. So, everyone must still wear a face covering, physically distant, and not gather.
The COVID-19 vaccine will be free for everyone and will be offered to different groups in phases. It is likely to be available to the general public in Spring/Summer 2021. Please talk to your doctor or sign up for email updates to find out when the vaccine will be available to you.
As usually happens during a crisis, misinformation is circulating about vaccines and scammers are at work trying to cheat people out of their money. See the resources on this page for more information.
[Information is taken from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health website]
August 17, 2020
To: All Non-Residential Service Providers
From: Mary Lou Weise-Stusser
Re: Remote and Alternative Service Delivery Town Hall Meeting 8-19-2020
Over the last six months, WRC and our community have faced an ever changing world in which there are so many questions and far too few answers. Another change is on the horizon and it is important that you review this correspondence carefully.
The Directive that allowed for retention funding under the State of Emergency will cease effective August 31, 2020. DDS released Draft Emergency Regulations on August 14, 2020 establishing the requirements for Alternative Services Delivery. All non-residential service providers who are providing Alternative Service delivery must complete a Self –Certification Document as well as a one page description of how you are providing services. The documents can be completed by clicking on the link below: https://arsl.at/zfwel
Once you complete the Self-Certification and your one page service profile, click the completed button and it will be sent directly to WRC. The link also allows you to save a copy for your records. WRC is requesting the One Page Service Profile so that we may provide service coordinators the information that can be shared with families.
Please note, Remote and Alternative Services may not continue without the Self-Certification and one page Service Profile being completed in the link.
WRC will host a town Hall meeting on Wednesday August 19, 2020 from 10:00 AM until 12:00 PM to review this process and to answer questions. Register for the Town Hall by clicking here.
Westside truly appreciates the creativity, dedication and perseverance during this COVID-19 Pandemic!
Attention WRC Service Providers:
You are invited to join Westside Regional Center for an informational Town Hall Meeting with our Vendor Community. Join us to get the most up to date information about how we are responding to the Covid-19 pandemic, ask questions, and learn about what your agency may need to complete in order to prepare for re-entry.
Registration is required to attend the Town Hall event. Register in advance for this meeting:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.