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UPDATES from VA Long Beach Healthcare System

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Here are the latest updates from VA Long Beach.

From No Visitation to Limited Visitation 

Given the lower level of COVID transmissions at the facility and in the community, VA Long Beach Healthcare System has transitioned its Tibor Rubin VA Medical Center from No Visitation to a Limited Visitation status effective February 9, 2022.

Visitation has been expanded to a maximum of two visitors per patient and up to 10 visitors per unit. Duration of visit is limited. Visitation must be essential to patient wellbeing and approved by the provider. 

All visitors of indoor inpatient units and all vendors entering the facility indoors must provide the following upon entry into the facility:

  1. Photo identification
  2. Proof of being fully vaccinated (at least two weeks after completion of vaccination series) OR a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of the visit. The negative COVID-19 test can be any FDA-approved PCR, NAT, or antigen test (cannot be a home-test result).

While the change is encouraging and comforting, we must continue to stay vigilant.
This visitation policy change is subject to change.

Vaccination Clinic Location  

Starting on Tuesday, February 22, 2022, VA Long Beach Vaccination Clinic will be at a different location. 

Current: Bldg. 165, Learning Center Auditorium, best known as The Egg
Starting February 22, 2022: Bldg. 164, 2nd floor Rm. 228.

The Vaccination Clinic operates Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. 

Veterans, family members, caregivers and beneficiaries 18 years old and older can walk-in or call 562-826-5300 to schedule their appointment. 

VA Long Beach offers both Moderna and Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccines and boosters. 

COVID-19 Drive-Thru Testing

VA Long Beach offers COVID-19 Drive-thru Testing for enrolled Veterans.

For Veterans without COVID-19 symptoms, an appointment must be scheduled by calling 562-826-5151. The Call Center operates Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m.

For Veterans with COVID-19 symptoms, no appointment is required. Symptomatic Veterans can just drive-in.

Veterans presenting COVID-19 symptoms and in need of medical attention are instructed to go directly to the Emergency Department.

The drive-thru operates Monday - Saturday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., and it is located near Bldg. 165, best known as the Learning Center or Egg. Please stay in your car for testing.


Only surgical masks and medical grade masks are permitted at VA Long Beach Healthcare System. Cloth masks, neck gaiters, bandanas, and masks with valves alone without a surgical mask are not allowed. Cloth masks alone are not enough to protect you from the highly contagious Omicron variant. We provide surgical masks at all entrances.

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