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COVID-19 Vaccines

VA is providing COVID-19 vaccines, as authorized by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Supply varies by facility. You can also receive your Moderna booster outside of VA. You can locate a vaccine site at https://www.vaccines.gov/search/. Make sure to take your CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card when you go! We continue to encourage all eligible individuals to get vaccinated.

Latest updates on booster shots and additional doses

We follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance on booster shots and additional doses. 
Those age 18 or older are eligible to get a booster if they:

  • Completed the Moderna or Pfizer series at least 5 months ago
  • Received the Johnson & Johnson single dose at least 2 months ago

“Mix and match” boosters allowed.
VA Long Beach offers Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccine booster doses.

Third vaccine doses are  only for certain groups of people with weakened immune systems who received the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. Learn more about booster shots and additional doses

We encourage you to get your vaccine as soon as you can. It’s the best way to protect yourself, your family, and your community against COVID-19. This is especially important as new forms (or “variants”) of COVID-19 spread more quickly in the U.S.

  • Appointments
    Call 562-826-5300 Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m., to schedule your COVID-19 vaccination
  • Walk-In
    Walk-In to the Vaccination Center Monday-Friday from 8:00 am – 2:00 pm. 

VACCINATION CENTER LOCATION
Tibor Rubin VA Medical Center, Bldg. 165, Learning Center Auditorium, best known as “The Egg”
5901 E. 7th St., Long Beach, CA 90822 

Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine is also available at the Community Based Outpatient Clinics by appointment only.  

For COVID-19 vaccine updates, call 562-826-8000 and Press 8. 
It is important to identify to the schedulers if you have an immunocompromised medical condition, so you will be scheduled for an appropriate vaccine dose.

If a Veteran decides to receive their booster shot or third dose outside of VA, they are encouraged to share this information with their VA care team. 

We also continue to encourage all Veterans to get vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as possible if they have not done so already.

All Veterans and their constituents can get COVID-19 vaccines under the SAVE LIVES Act. This does not include the flu shot.

  • All Veterans (including Veterans who live or travel outside of the U.S. and are eligible for the VA Foreign Medical Program)

  • Spouses and surviving spouses of Veterans

  • Caregivers of Veterans (including family members or friends who provide care to a Veteran)
    The VA defines a Caregiver as a family member or friend who provides care to a Veteran. Caregivers may help a Veteran with personal needs like feeding, bathing, or dressing. They may also help a Veteran with tasks like shopping or transportation.

  • Recipients of Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs (CHAMPVA) benefits

More information about who can get a vaccine

We offer the Moderna COVID vaccine and the Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine. The Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine is also available at our Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOC) by appointment.

Veterans can apply for VA health care by calling 877-222-8387 or visiting How to Apply for VA Health Care. 

Keep up the 3W’s!

It’s important for everyone to continue using all the tools available to help stop this pandemic as we learn more about how COVID-19 vaccines work in real-world conditions. Even after vaccination, Veterans and employees should continue to:

  • Wear a face covering
  • Watch your distance (stay 6 feet apart)
  • Wash hands frequently

If you have a question about your personal medical history, please communicate with your primary care provider. You can also learn quite a bit about the specifics of the COVID-19 vaccine at our Keep Me Informed tool.

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A new variant named Omicron was first identified in South Africa in November 2021. It was detected in the United States on December 1st, 2021. Though we are still learning about Omicron, there is a strong likelihood that Omicron is more contagious than prior strains of COVID-19. People who have had a COVID-19 infection in the past may also be more likely to get sick with COVID-19 again. Scientists expect to learn more in the next few weeks.

COVID-19 vaccinations are the best protection against all strains of COVID-19.

We now know that COVID-19 vaccine effectiveness decreases over time. A booster shot will recharge your body’s ability to protect you from COVID-19. Continue to protect yourself and your community!

VAX to the MAX!

Get both your COVID-19 booster and FLU shots at the same time!
Walk-in or call 562-826-5300 to schedule your appointment. 

Tibor Rubin VA Medical Center 
Bldg. 165, Learning Center Auditorium, "The Egg"
5901 E. 7th St. Long Beach, CA 90822
Mon-Fri 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

You are eligible to get a booster if you are over the age of 18 and:
✓ Completed the Moderna or Pfizer series at least 6 months ago
✓ Received the Johnson & Johnson single dose at least 2 months ago

“Mix and match” boosters allowed. VA Long Beach offers Moderna and Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine booster doses.

To get the latest updates and sign up to stay informed about COVID-19 vaccines, visit the COVID-19 Vaccines at VA and CDC's Vaccine for COVID-19

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