City of Pasadena Receives First Doses of COVID-19 Vaccine


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 17, 2020



Lisa Derderian,

Pasadena Public Information Officer,

City Manager’s Office, (626) 744-4755,


City of Pasadena Receives First Doses of COVID-19 Vaccine


PASADENA, Calif.—The Pasadena Public Health Department (PPHD) has announced that it has received 1,950 doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. This shipment was delivered directly to Huntington Hospital, and vaccinations are expected to begin tomorrow. Additional Moderna vaccine is expected to arrive in the coming weeks.

Healthcare workers and residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities will be the first to receive the vaccine. Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccine require two doses and provide the same efficacy. PPHD is managing the vaccine distribution process and will be following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the California Department of Public Health.

The City has the infrastructure to both store and distribute the vaccines. Vaccine distribution is a normal function of PPHD. Every year, team members practice for emergency vaccine distribution by conducting mass vaccination events such as free flu vaccine clinics. When the COVID-19 vaccine is made available to the general public, it will be provided at no charge; it will be paid for by the federal government or by one’s insurance company.

 “We are excited for these safe and effective vaccines to arrive in Pasadena, and I want to thank Huntington Hospital and all of our partners who are helping distribute the vaccine in an equitable and efficient matter,” said Dr. Ying-Ying Goh, health officer and director of Pasadena Public Health Department. “Although the arrival of vaccines has given a lot of hope, we are still seeing an upward trend of an alarming surge in cases, hospitalizations, and sadly more deaths. It’s up to each and every one of us to do our part to reduce the spread of COVID-19.”

As COVID-19 infections continue to rise in the community, residents are strongly urged to keep following the Regional Stay-at-Home Order, which requires everyone to stay home as much as possible and avoid in-person contact with people from other households. People should also avoid travelling for the holidays and follow the “Three Ws”: 

  • Wear a face covering when outside your home;
  • Watch your distance by avoiding gatherings and close contact with non-household members; and
  • Wash your hands often.

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