LIST: LA County officials say there are "dozens of documents" newly eligible essential workers can show for COVID shots

LA County officials say there are "dozens of documents" essential workers newly eligible for COVID-19 shots can show to prove their eligibility.

"We're going to be flexible," says Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer. "We don't want anybody who is an eligible worker not to be able to be vaccinated."


Among those who can now sign up for shots are people who work in education and childcare, food and agriculture and emergency services.

"We now are really looking at sort of our workers that also have a lot of exposures and in fact are doing essential work that we need them to be able to do," she says.

Many of these essential workers also live in areas that have been hardest hit by the pandemic.

"The top communities with the highest case rates have some of the lowest vaccination rates," she says.

The latest phase of the vaccine rollout could help change that. And flexibility in eligibility verification could be key.

While a photo ID is required, it does not have to be government-issued. Ferrer says her department is "constantly" getting reports about people who are not yet eligible finding ways to sign up for vaccination appointments.

"Don't take away an appointment from an eligible worker," Ferrer says.

She says they've made it possible "for the rest of us to go on with our lives" and we owe it to make sure they can get vaccinated.