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COVID-19 vaccine updates from VA Long Beach Healthcare System

VA Long Beach is continuing to move aggressively to get every COVID-19 vaccine into the arms of our Veterans and employees as quickly as we get them. To date, we have vaccinated somewhere close to 9,800 first doses for Veterans and staff, and our daily vaccination rate went from about 200 doses a day to our current rate of just under 1,000. While we continue to receive a steady stream of vaccinations, we are anxious to receive more and want to get as many of our Veterans vaccinated as possible. Until then, here are a few things to update you on our progress and ways you can stay informed.

At present, we are only able to vaccinate VA enrolled Veterans.

If you are not eligible for VA health care, we are not able to provide you with the COVID-19 Vaccine. For those enrolled Veterans, we are currently providing vaccinations as follows:

  • If you are 75 years or older, a health care worker or an essential worker (click here for CDC’s essential worker categories)
    If you meet the COVID vaccine criteria above, we are now offering temporary extended hours for our call center. Our COVID Vaccine scheduling teams are available to assist Monday through Friday beginning as early as 7:30 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. and can be reached at 562-826-5300. We will also be available this Sunday, February 14, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. If you do not meet vaccine criteria above, please do not call the scheduling team at this time to allow us to take care of your fellow Veterans
  • If you are 65-74 years old
    You will be contacted and/or instructed to call VA Long Beach to schedule your vaccination appointment as soon as we have secured a vaccine for you. 

We are seeing a concerning trend in the number of Veterans “no-shows” for their COVID-19 vaccine. Once booked, it is critical that you show up when you are scheduled as every single dose must be individually prepared one at a time. Once a vaccine is prepared, it is only viable for approximately 6 hours before it can no longer be used. Each no-show puts us at significant risk of a dose being wasted and a fellow Veteran not being able to get a vaccine.

We highly encourage all enrolled Veterans who have not received the vaccine to take the VA survey expressing your interest in getting the vaccine.

To learn more about VA’s COVID-19 response, please visit COVID-19 vaccines: Stay informed and help us prepare. For more information about the vaccine process, please visit the VA Long Beach Facebook or check this page for regular updates. 

Non-COVID Vaccine care

You can schedule a routine care appointment, by calling 562-826-5151 beginning as early 7:30 a.m. until 7:00 p.m., Monday through Friday or this Sunday, February 14, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

This article was released by VA Long Beach.

4 Comments

  1. I’m 73 born in 1947 served us army 65-68 how can I get an appointment for coved vaccine

    1. Mr. O’Brien,

      Thank you for reading Orange County Breeze and for your service to our country.

      According to the VA Long Beach, you must be eligible for and enrolled in VA healthcare to be scheduled for a vaccination. Once vaccine becomes available, assuming that you are enrolled, someone from VA Long Beach will make contact with you to arrange for a vaccination.

      So your first step is to enroll, if you are eligible and are not currently enrolled.

      For more information, visit the VA COVID information page.

      Again, thank you for reading Orange County Breeze, and for your service to our country.

      Shelley Henderson
      editor, Orange County Breeze

  2. The content of this comment has been deleted because it contained personal information

    Master Chief,

    Thank you for your service, thank you for reading Orange County Breeze, and thank you for taking the time to comment on this article.

    You need to register with Long Beach VA to get vaccinated. We here at Orange County Breeze cannot make such arrangements.

    Good luck!

    Shelley Henderson
    editor, Orange County Breeze

  3. Hi. I’m 52 years okd with underlying condition. I live with seniors eho got their first dose of vaccination. Would like to request for vaccination this Sunday between 1-3 pm. Please advise.

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