Long Beach Medical Center is proud to offer COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics for eligible community members, according to the CDC guidelines.

Second-Dose Clinic Schedule

  • Pfizer
    • Thursday, April 29
    • Friday, April 30
    • Thursday, May 6
    • Friday, May 7
    • Thursday, May 13
    • Friday, May 14
    • Monday, May 17
  • Moderna
    • Monday, May 10
    • Tuesday, May 11
    • Wednesday, May 12

Eligibility

  • Anyone 16-years-old and older
    • The Moderna vaccine is available to those 18+ years-of-age
    • 16- and 17-year-olds must have a legal guardian accompany them

*Individuals are required to bring any form of identification. This can be a driver’s license or passport; or a work badge or utility/bank bill if you don’t have a driver’s license or passport.

Request Appointment

  • To make an appointment for your first dose, complete the form below to request your appointment or call (562) 728-2584.
  • To make an appointment for your second dose:
    • If you scheduled your first appointment through My Turn, you will be automatically registered for a second dose appointment. Reminders will be sent to you via phone, text or email 72- and 24-hours before your scheduled appointment.
    • If you scheduled your first appointment over the phone, you will be given directions on how to schedule your second dose during your first appointment.

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Clinic Location

Our COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic is located at Houssels Forum on the Ground Floor of Long Beach Medical Center.

To arrive by car, exit the 405 (San Diego) freeway at Atlantic Ave. Long Beach Medical Center is located three blocks south of the freeway. Turn right at Memorial Medical Center Dr. and park in visitor parking.

View campus map. Houssels Forum is indicated by the blue 14 on the map.

Parking will be validated. We also offer a free valet service.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Which vaccines are available?
  • The Pfizer Vaccine
  • The Moderna Vaccine
  • The Johnson & Johnson Vaccine (Currently on pause per the recommendation of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC))
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When do I get my second dose?
  • The Pfizer Vaccine requires two doses, 21 days apart.
  • The Moderna Vaccine requires two doses, 28 days apart.
  • The Johnson & Johnson Vaccine is a single dose. (Currently on pause per the recommendation of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)).
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How do I schedule my second dose appointment?
  • If you scheduled your first appointment through My Turn, you can schedule your second appointment the same way.
  • If you scheduled your first appointment over the phone, you will be given directions on how to schedule your second dose during your first appointment.
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Are there additional sites outside of MemorialCare that are providing vaccinations?

If you prefer, you always have the option of seeking the COVID-19 vaccine elsewhere. The cities and counties have set up vaccine super PODs (point-of-dispensing) such as the one at Disneyland, Anaheim Convention Center and Dodger Stadium, plus select pharmacy and supermarket sites (e.g. CVS, Albertsons, Rite Aid, Vons, Walgreens) are now offering the vaccine as well through the Federal supply system.

  • Orange County residents: schedule your vaccine appointment by going to Othena.com.
  • Long Beach residents: While the city is maintaining its VAXLB website to provide information, including links to pharmacy and supermarket vaccine locations, they are directing residents to the state's MyTurn site to register for an appointment.
  • Los Angeles residents: schedule your vaccine appointment through the County of Los Angeles Public Health Department's website
  • Statewide Vaccination site: All California residents can sign up through MyTurn to register for a vaccine appointment. You will receive updates about new appointments and locations.
  • Pharmacies and Supermarkets: Those interested in getting vaccinated at their local pharmacy or supermarket should check those individual businesses' websites. Go here to find out more about this Federal program. Plus, the GoodRx website, which collects vaccine inventory and appointments from sites across the country, is an additional resource to help one find out about locations in California.
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Are the vaccines safe?
  • Each of the vaccines have undergone multiple phases of clinical trials. In late-stage trials, they have been tested and monitored on tens of thousands of human volunteers.
  • Additionally, the FDA, which has the power to quickly approve medical products during times of public health emergencies, has stated that although the COVID-19 vaccines are being fast-tracked, their testing process has closely mirrored the standard rigorous testing and approval process that any non-emergency vaccine would require before it is approved.
  • MemorialCare's medical experts have studied the findings of these clinical trials and the scientific data and agree with the CDC and FDA recommendations that the vaccines are safe, effective and will lead to a significant reduction in the spread of the virus.
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What happens if one cannot get the second dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine within the recommended time frame?
  • The recommended interval between the first and second doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are:
    • Pfizer vaccine requires two doses given 3 weeks (21 days) apart.
    • Moderna vaccine requires two doses given 1 month (28 days) apart.
  • If you receive either of these vaccines, you should get your second shot as close to the recommended interval as possible. However, your second dose may be given up to 6 weeks (42 days) after the first dose, if necessary. You should not get the second dose earlier than the recommended interval.
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Are there any possible side effects or concerns?
  • It is possible you may experience side effects after vaccination. This is normal for each of the vaccine brands. Recipients have complained of pain at the injection site, fatigue, chills, fever, muscle aches, nausea, redness of the skin, swelling, and headaches. For most people, the side effects of these vaccines are mild or moderate and last only a day or two.
WARNING:

People who have a history of anaphylaxis to another vaccine or injectable medication should be carefully monitored for 30 minutes if they choose to get the vaccine. Anaphylaxis is a severe allergic overreaction of the body’s immune system, which can be life-threatening. Those concerned or who have been told by their healthcare provider to carry an EpiPen should speak with their physician before receiving the vaccine.

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Are there any groups of people who should or should not take the vaccine?
Age Restrictions:
  • Currently, the vaccines are not recommended for all ages. While the Pfizer vaccine is not recommended for those below the age of 16, both the Moderna and the Johnson & Johnson vaccines are not recommended for those below 18.
Pregnant and breastfeeding women:

Although pregnant and breastfeeding women did not take part in any vaccine clinical trials, the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology has issued a statement that pregnant and nursing women should not be excluded from receiving a vaccine. If a woman has concerns, it is advised they discuss the vaccine with their physician.

Fetal cells and the Johnson & Johnson vaccine:

The Catholic Church has issued an ethics statement regarding the involvement of a cell line derived from a 1985 aborted fetus in the original development of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine (noting that there is no fetal tissue or product in the vaccine itself). While some U.S. Catholic leaders have issued opinions opposed to use of the vaccine, a statement from the Vatican recognizes the greater good for use of the J&J vaccine to prevent disease and death and considers it morally acceptable.

Additionally, the local Diocese of Orange has addressed the issue of the vaccines in the following video:

Those with allergies to any of the vaccine ingredients:

The following three vaccines do not contain eggs, preservatives or latex. The ingredients for each vaccine are listed below, but for more information on each vaccine along with individual vaccine fact sheets, please visit the CDC's vaccine webpage.

  • Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine ingredients:
    mRNA, lipids ((4-hydroxybutyl)azanediyl)bis(hexane-6,1-diyl)bis(2-hexyldecanoate), 2 [(polyethylene glycol)-2000]-N,N-ditetradecylacetamide, 1,2-Distearoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine, and cholesterol), potassium chloride, monobasic potassium phosphate, sodium chloride, dibasic sodium phosphate dihydrate, and sucrose.
  • Moderna COVID-19 vaccine ingredients:
    Messenger ribonucleic acid (mRNA), lipids (SM-102, polyethylene glycol [PEG] 2000 dimyristoyl glycerol [DMG], cholesterol, and 1,2-distearoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine [DSPC]), tromethamine, tromethamine hydrochloride, acetic acid, sodium acetate, and sucrose.
  • Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine ingredients:
    Recombinant, replication-incompetent adenovirus type 26 expressing the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein, citric acid monohydrate, trisodium citrate dihydrate, ethanol, 2-hydroxypropyl-β-cyclodextrin (HBCD), polysorbate-80, sodium chloride.
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Should I get vaccinated if I already had COVID-19?
  • The CDC recommends that people who have had COVID-19 still be vaccinated. The risk of reinfection is very low in the first 90 days, so some people may choose to wait that long, but that is not necessary. People with current COVID-19 symptoms should wait, however, until their acute illness has resolved before being vaccinated.
  • Because this is a new virus, we are still learning about short and long-term immunity. Medical professionals are not certain how long a person can remain immune after having been infected. Therefore, those vaccinated will either gain immunity or potentially extend or strengthen existing immunity.
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Once I am vaccinated, will I still need to follow precautionary measures?
  • The CDC recommends that people who have had COVID-19 still be vaccinated. The risk of reinfection is very low in the first 90 days, so some people may choose to wait that long, but that is not necessary. People with current COVID-19 symptoms should wait, however, until their acute illness has resolved before being vaccinated.
  • Because this is a new virus, we are still learning about short and long-term immunity. Medical professionals are not certain how long a person can remain immune after having been infected. Therefore, those vaccinated will either gain immunity or potentially extend or strengthen existing immunity.
  • Because it will take time to vaccinate and immunize everyone and there is a small chance that a vaccinated person can still get and spread the infection without getting sick themselves, it is strongly​ advised that even after being vaccinated, you continue to social distance, mask, and wash your hands frequently.
  • Recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued its interim set of
    recommendations on activities that people who are fully vaccinated against COVID‐19 can safely resume. The new guidance – which is based on the latest science – includes recommendations for how and when a fully vaccinated individual can visit with other people who are fully vaccinated and with other people who are not vaccinated. The guidance represents a first step toward returning to everyday activities in our communities, but with many caveats. The CDC will continue to update these recommendations as more people are vaccinated, rates of COVID‐19 in the community change, and additional scientific evidence becomes available. The most up‐to‐date information can be found here.
The following are the CDC’s new guidelines for those who are fully vaccinated:
  • You can gather indoors with a small group of fully vaccinated people without wearing a mask. Note: per CDPH, this does not apply to healthcare settings or other public places.
  • You can gather indoors with unvaccinated people from one other household indoors without wearing masks or staying 6 feet apart if everyone in the other household is at low risk for severe disease.
  • If you’ve been around someone who has COVID‐19, you do not need to stay away from others or get tested unless you have symptoms.
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What data is being collected regarding vaccines?

All hospitals and healthcare providers who administer the COVID-19 vaccination doses are required to report this information to the California Immunization Registry (CAIR) within 24 hours. In order to be able to do this, they must be registered with CAIR and have an immunization information system ID number.  Vaccine providers must also report to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) any moderate and/or severe adverse events following a vaccination.

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Where can I find further information on COVID-19 and the vaccines?

For more information on COVID-19 and the vaccines, please visit the CDC website:

 

For the latest, most up-to-date FAQs, please visit the MemorialCare COVID-19 FAQ page.