Long Beach Pharmacy Opens COVID-19 Vaccination Center
Written By Dylan Biel, 26 February, 2021
On any given weekday, health care providers vaccinates up to 250 people and has vaccinated over 3,800 people with Moderna, Pfizer and Janssen.
In total, over 8 million California residents have been vaccinated. That translates to 14.5% of the total population.
Aviva is one of the first vaccination sites in Long Beach and is currently the only independent pharmacy in the city to open a vaccination center.
It is a massive effort for a community pharmacy while other vaccination sites have the resources of large companies or the federal government.
Vaccinating thousands of patients is a big change in small health care providers' daily operations. But in many ways, it is an extension of their core mission.
“We believe in giving back”, says Founder of Aviva Pharmacy, Amy Nguyen.
“And giving back for us means investing in the health and wellness of our community. We are dedicated to providing our community with access to effective and low-cost treatments, and today that means giving the COVID-19 vaccine to as many people as we can.”
Health care providers consider all aspects of their patients in order to provide comprehensive treatment, that results in greater health and happiness.
Whole-person care is an integrative approach that goes beyond medication by ensuring a patient’s physical, mental, and emotional health are well taken care of.
Although vaccinating thousands of people has strained health care workers, there is no plan to stop vaccinating any time soon.
“Improving the health of our community is why we created this pharmacy”, said Amy Nguyen “and we won’t stop until everyone in Long Beach is vaccinated.”