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Things to Know About Children (Ages 5-11) COVID Vaccine:

Aviva Pharmacy is now offering Pfizer COVID vaccines for children 5-11 years of age.

Widespread vaccination for COVID-19 is a critical tool to best protect everyone, especially those at highest risk, from severe illness and death. People who are fully vaccinated can safely resume many activities that they did prior to the pandemic. Children ages 5 years and older are able to get an age-appropriate dose of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine.

To learn more about vaccines for children visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/recommendations/children-teens.html

Things to Know About the Third Dose (Booster):

Aviva Pharmacy is now offering the Third Dose (Booster) of the Pfizer and Moderna Vaccines for those who are Moderately or Severely Immunocompromised.

If you are Immunocompromised and would like to schedule your third dose appointment, please schedule through the "MyTurn" website.

After scheduling your appointment for the Third Dose through "MyTurn", please bring your Vaccination card provided for the first two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, and your insurance and/or Medicare information.

Understanding the Third Dose

The Booster is available for those who are immunocompromised and according to the CDC, "may benefit from an additional dose" for "enough protection against COVID-19. About 3% of the adult population are moderately or severely immunocompromised. Contracting COVID-19 for those who are immunocompromised, are more at risk for developing long term health conflicts.

Including the Immunocompromised, the Third Dose (Booster) is also recommended for:

  • Those who are active in receiving cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood.
  • Those who have received an organ transplant or are taking medication to suppress the immune system.
  • Those who have received a stem cell transplant in the last 2 years and are taking medication to suppress the immune system.
  • Those with moderate or sever primary immunodeficiency (DiGeorge Syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich Syndrome).
  • Those with Advanced or untreated HIV.
  • Those who are actively treating high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress an immune response.

It is recommended that those who are immunocompromised, receive an additional dose of the mRNA COVID-19 vaccine, after the first two doses.

Questions Answered by the CDC:

  • How long do I have to wait before receiving the third dose (Booster Shot)?

    The booster is recommended to be received 28 days after the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna Vaccines.

  • For the Third Dose, can you mix and match the Vaccines?

    If the recipient has received either Pfizer or Moderna for the first two doses, a third dose of the same mRNA vaccine should be received. If a third dose for the first two doses of the vaccine received is not available, either mRNA vaccine may be administered.

If you or a loved one are unsure whether you are able to receive the third dose, please contact your primary care provide for further information.

Get Your COVID-19 Vaccine Here

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Your health and safety is our highest priority

We are dedicated to supporting your health and wellbeing during this difficult time. Aviva has partnered with the Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services to become an approved vaccine provider so that you can get vaccinated here. Learn more about the vaccine.

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Access Your Digital Vaccine Record

Already got your vaccine? Access your vaccination record from California's digital vaccine portal through a simple two-step process.

Things to Know About the Vaccine:

You are eligible to get vaccinated today if you are over the age of 65, regardless of your profession.

You are eligible to get vaccinated today if you are a certified healthcare worker, teacher or food worker (you just need to bring proof, such as a healthcare badge or paycheck stub)

Getting vaccinated is the single most effective way to keep you and your loved ones safe. The vaccine is 95% effective and cannot give you COVID-19.

As soon as you are eligible for the vaccine, you should be vaccinated to help keep the process moving efficiently. Everyone will eventually be eligible for the vaccine and we will keep our website updated so you'll know when it’s your turn to sign up.

All the available vaccines are highly effective. Receiving any of the three (Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson) keeps you safer than not being vaccinated. More information about the differences in vaccines can be found if you scroll down on this page.

The vaccine is free, just bring your insurance and/or Medicare information.

Still nervous about receiving your vaccine? Click here to watch video testimonials of community members who we have already vaccinated.

Understanding The Vaccine

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. If for any reason you are uncomfortable with this mRNA technology, you can still get vaccinated with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which does not use mRNA technology, and instead works more like a traditional flu vaccine. We do not have the Johnson & Johnson at this time, but we will update our website if we are able to get it.

Before Your Appointment

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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.

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Gather Your Documents

Make sure you bring your driver’s license or ID card, health insurance card, and proof of work if you are under 65 (that can include an employee card, healthcare badge, paycheck stub).

During and After Your Appointment

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During Your Appointment

  • 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
  • Try your best to 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. You must bring this card to your second appointment.

  • 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

V-safe After-Vaccination Health Checker

  • 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

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, check the CDC COVID-19 Vaccine Website.

Which vaccine will I get?

You will receive whichever vaccine we have in stock at the time of your appointment. Right now there are two available vaccines: Pfizer and Moderna.

What does 95% effective mean?

One common misunderstanding is that 95% efficacy means that in the Pfizer clinical trial, 5% of vaccinated people got COVID. But that's not true; the actual percentage of vaccinated people in the Pfizer (and Moderna) trials who got COVID-19 was about a hundred times less than that: 0.04%.

What the 95% actually means is that vaccinated people had a 95% lower risk of getting COVID-19 compared with the control group participants, who weren't vaccinated. In other words, vaccinated people in the Pfizer clinical trial were 20 times less likely than the control group to get COVID-19.

Should I still get the vaccine if I work from home?

Yes. As soon as you become eligible you should register for the vaccine to keep the system moving efficiently and quickly. Do not wait to get the vaccine just because you might work from home or think you are less at risk. When it is your turn, get vaccinated!

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.

Testimonial Videos

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.

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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