What You Need to Know
- CDC recommends everyone stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines for their age group:
- Getting a COVID-19 vaccine after you have recovered from COVID-19 infection provides added protection against COVID-19.
- People who are moderately or severely immunocompromised have different recommendations for COVID-19 vaccines.
- COVID-19 vaccine and booster recommendations may be updated as CDC continues to monitor the latest COVID-19 data.
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Get Tested or Treated
If you’re experiencing symptoms, start by calling your healthcare provider or local health department to find out whether you should be tested for COVID-19. If you do need to visit the hospital or any other healthcare provider, make sure to call ahead.
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Resources
Below is a list of national, state and local resources for LGBTQ+ Californians impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, sorted into the following categories:
As COVID cases decline, we reflect back on the grassroots work we accomplished with your support.
When the pandemic hit, we knew the impact on Black, Indigenous, people of color (BIPOC) and especially LGBTQ+ people would be devastating. Historically, the LGBTQ+ community experiences higher rates of discrimination and health inequities; therefore, it was no surprise that they were likely to experience greater health impacts from COVID-19.
We acted quickly to mobilize our statewide team and community partners on the ground around the state. With the support of the AT&T Foundation and Sempra Energy Foundation, we launched the COVID-19 LGBTQ+ Health Center and Helpline to connect LGBTQ+ Californians with LGBTQ+ friendly resources and support services.
In addition, we advocated for new emergency regulations that required healthcare providers and local health departments to collect and report voluntary data on patient gender identity and sexual orientation to understand the impact on the LGBTQ+ community.
Our health advocacy efforts included:
- Developing a statewide directory of nearest testing centers and food banks
- Curating a list of gender-affirming mental health professionals
- Hosting live, online discussions with LGBTQ+ leaders and health experts about the need to get vaccinated, including one in Spanish
- Conducting an eight-month statewide bilingual campaign in partnership with the California Department of Social Services and The Center at Sierra Health Foundation
- Subgranting $250,000 to 20 LGBTQ+ organizations to sustain them financially during the pandemic, and an additional $84,000 to 12 LGBTQ+ groups and programs to bolster their vaccination outreach to the community
- Sending peer-to-peer text messages to 273,000 Equality California members, urging them to get vaccinated
In efforts to provide the LGBTQ+ community and our allies with the tools and training they needed during the pandemic. we’ve developed a series of webinars on topics ranging from unemployment benefits, job applications, healthcare and more.