COVID-19 Vaccine Available Here

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We’re with our community during this time of need

At Aviva, the health of our patients has - and always will be - our highest priority. That’s why we’ve made it our mission to become a crucial part of the COVID-19 pandemic response by becoming an approved vaccine distributor. In partnership with the Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services, we are proud to offer the COVID-19 vaccine to our community.

Note: If you have received your first dose with us, your second dose has already been scheduled. You will receive an email, text message, or phone call for second dose appointment details. Please contact us if you have not received your second dose appointment via email.

This waitlist is for people who DID NOT receive their 1st dose at Aviva Pharmacy and received it at another location.

If you received your 1st dose at Aviva Pharmacy, we will contact your with your 2nd dose appointment, so DO NOT fill out this form.

Before your appointment

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Do your own research

The COVID-19 vaccine is safe and 95% effective. It does not contain live virus, so it cannot give you COVID-19. Rather, it contains messenger RNA (mRNA) from the genetic code of COVID-19’s spike protein. Our bodies make this protein, which then prompts our immune system to make protective antibody proteins, protecting us from COVID-19 infection. mRNA degrades rapidly and never gets near human DNA.

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Eat beforehand and arrive well-rested

The night before your appointment, make sure to get a good night’s sleep—it will help your immune system work to its fullest potential. If your appointment is around a mealtime, you should also eat beforehand and drink water—don't go to your appointment hungry or thirsty.

During and after your appointment

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Before receiving the vaccine

  • We are doing everything we can to prevent the spread of the virus, so please respect social distancing guidelines as much as we do.
  • Both you and the Aviva Pharmacist administering the shot are required to wear face masks during your vaccine appointment.
  • Make sure your mask fits properly and fully covers your nose and mouth.
  • Stay 6 feet away from others while inside the pharmacy and in lines.
  • Aviva will provide you with:

A card that states which vaccine you received, what date you received it, and where you received it

A fact sheet with important health and safety information specific to the vaccine you received

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After receiving the vaccine

You may experience some symptoms after receiving your shot *.

To reduce pain and discomfort where you received the shot:

  • Apply a cool, clean, wet washcloth over the area
  • Use or exercise your arm

To reduce discomfort from fever:

  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • Dress lightly

When to call a doctor:

  • If the redness or tenderness where you got the shot increases after 24 hours
  • If you experience a severe allergic reaction, call 9-1-1, or go to the nearest hospital

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  • You may also be given an option to enroll, in v-safe. V-safe is a new voluntary smartphone-based tool that uses text messaging and web surveys to check in with people who have been vaccinated to identify potential side effect after COVID-19 vaccination. V-safe asks questions that help the CDC monitor the safety of the vaccine. V-safe also provides second -dose reminders. For more information on how to sign up, visit: www.cdc.gov/vsafe

Note: If you have received your first dose with us, your second dose has already been scheduled. Check your email or have your caretaker check their email for second dose appointment details. Please contact us if you have not received your second dose appointment via email.

This waitlist is for people who DID NOT receive their 1st dose at Aviva Pharmacy and received it at another location.

If you received your 1st dose at Aviva Pharmacy, we will contact your with your 2nd dose appointment, so DO NOT fill out this form.

Resources

It is always a good idea to read information (from reputable sources) about the vaccine.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and other health care organizations, for example, are great places to get the facts.

Frequently Asked Questions

Please review the following FAQs to address any questions you may have.

If you do not see your question or concern below, feel free to contact the Aviva team at (562) 888-1277.

How is the vaccine administered?

The COVID-19 vaccines will be administered via intramuscular (IM) injection - a shot in the upper arm.

Can I walk in?

We will not accept walk-in patients. In order to streamline the process and reduce wait time, we require that all patients register on our website in order to receive the vaccination.

How much does it cost to receive the vaccine?

The COVID-19 vaccine is offered to all patients at no cost to you. However, we still need your insurance and/or Medicare info so that we can bill these entities for administrative costs.

If I already had the coronavirus, do I still need to be vaccinated?

Getting COVID-19 might offer some natural protection or immunity from reinfection with the virus that causes COVID-19. However, it's not clear how long this protection lasts. Because reinfection is possible and COVID-19 can cause severe medical complications, it's recommended that people who have already had COVID-19 get a COVID-19 vaccine. If you’ve had COVID-19, wait until 90 days after your diagnosis to get a COVID-19 vaccine.

Does Aviva Pharmacy offer parking?

Yes, Aviva offers free parking to all patients. You can access our private parking lot off of Atlantic Avenue.

Will there be a wait to receive the vaccine?

There will be a short wait while we do intake and walk you through the vaccination process.

How long can I expect my vaccine appointment to take?

Please expect to be here for about 30-45 minutes.

Vaccine-specific information

The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine**

To read more information on the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, please visit the official CDC website.

Manufacturer: Pfizer, Inc., and BioNTech

Type of vaccine: mRNA

Number of shots: 2 shots, 21 days apart

How given: Shot in the muscle of the upper arm

Does not contain:

  • Eggs
  • Preservatives
  • Latex

Who should get vaccinated:

The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is recommended for people aged 16 years and older.

Who should not get vaccinated:

  • If you have had a severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) or an immediate allergic reaction—even if it was not severe—to any ingredient in an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine, you should not get an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine.
  • If you have had a severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) or an immediate allergic reaction—even if it was not severe—after getting the first dose of the vaccine, you should not get another dose of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine.
  • An immediate allergic reaction means a reaction within 4 hours of getting vaccinated, including symptoms such as hives, swelling, or wheezing (respiratory distress).
  • This includes allergic reactions to polyethylene glycol (PEG) and polysorbate. Polysorbate is not an ingredient in either mRNA COVID-19 vaccine but is closely related to PEG, which is in the vaccines. People who are allergic to PEG or polysorbate should not get an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine.

NOTE: If you have had an immediate allergic reaction—even if the reaction was not severe—to a vaccine or injectable therapy for another disease, ask your doctor if you should get a COVID-19 vaccine. Your doctor will help you decide if it is safe for you to get vaccinated.

Side effects:

The most common side effects in the arm where you got the shot are:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Redness

The most common side effects throughout the rest of your body are:

  • Chills
  • Tiredness
  • Headache

These side effects usually start within a day or two of getting the vaccine. They might feel like flu symptoms and might even affect your ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days.

Summary of safety data:

  • In clinical trials, reactogenicity symptoms (side effects that happen within 7 days of getting vaccinated) were common but were mostly mild to moderate.
  • Side effects (such as fever, chills, tiredness, and headache) throughout the body were more common after the second dose of the vaccine.
  • Most side effects were mild to moderate. However, a small number of people had severe side effects—defined as side effects affecting a person’s ability to do daily activities.
  • Although few people in the clinical trials went to the hospital or died, data suggest that people who got the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine were less likely to have these more serious outcomes compared to people who got the saline placebo.
  • CDC will continue to provide updates as we learn more about the safety of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine in real-world conditions.

Information on how well the vaccine works:

Based on evidence from clinical trials, the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine was 95% effective at preventing laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 illness in people without evidence of previous infection.

The Moderna vaccine***

To read more information on the Moderna vaccine, please visit the official CDC website.

Manufacturer: ModernaTX, Inc.

Type of vaccine: mRNA

Number of shots: 2 shots, one month (28 days) apart

How given: Shot in the muscle of the upper arm

Does not contain:

  • Eggs
  • Preservatives
  • Latex

Who should get vaccinated:

The Moderna vaccine is recommended for people aged 18 years and older.

Who should not get vaccinated:

  • If you have had a severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) or an immediate allergic reaction—even if it was not severe—to any ingredient in an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine, you should not get an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine.
  • If you have had a severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) or an immediate allergic reaction—even if it was not severe—after getting the first dose of the vaccine, you should not get another dose of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine.
  • An immediate allergic reaction means a reaction within 4 hours of getting vaccinated, including symptoms such as hives, swelling, or wheezing (respiratory distress).
  • This includes allergic reactions to polyethylene glycol (PEG) and polysorbate. Polysorbate is not an ingredient in either mRNA COVID-19 vaccine but is closely related to PEG, which is in the vaccines. People who are allergic to PEG or polysorbate should not get an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine.

NOTE: If you have had an immediate allergic reaction—even if the reaction was not severe—to a vaccine or injectable therapy for another disease, ask your doctor if you should get a COVID-19 vaccine. Your doctor will help you decide if it is safe for you to get vaccinated.

Side effects:

The most common side effects in the arm where you got the shot are:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Redness

The most common side effects throughout the rest of your body are:

  • Chills
  • Tiredness
  • Headache

These side effects usually start within a day or two of getting the vaccine. They might feel like flu symptoms and might even affect your ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days

Summary of safety data:

  • In clinical trials, reactogenicity symptoms (side effects that happen within 7 days of getting vaccinated) were common but were mostly mild to moderate.
  • Side effects (such as fever, chills, tiredness, and headache) throughout the body were more common after the second dose of the vaccine.
  • Most side effects were mild to moderate. However, a small number of people had severe side effects that affected their ability to do daily activities.
  • CDC will continue to provide updates as we learn more about the safety of the Moderna vaccine in real-world conditions.

Information on how well the vaccine works:

  • Based on evidence from clinical trials, the Moderna vaccine was 94.1% effective at preventing laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 illness in people who received two doses who had no evidence of being previously infected.
  • The vaccine appeared to have high effectiveness in clinical trials (efficacy) among people of diverse age, sex, race, and ethnicity categories and among persons with underlying medical conditions.
  • Although few people in the clinical trials were admitted to the hospital, this happened less often in the people who got the Moderna vaccine compared to people who got the saline placebo.
  • CDC will continue to provide updates as we learn more about how well the Moderna vaccine works in real-world conditions.

References

* What to Expect after Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine. (2021, January 11). Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/expect/after.html

** Information about the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine. (2021, January 1). Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/different-vaccines/Pfizer-BioNTech.html

*** Information about the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine. (2021, January 1). Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/different-vaccines/Moderna.html

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