IMPORTANT UPDATE: Out of an abundance of caution, NEVHC has paused the use of the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) COVID-19 vaccine while the Centers for Disease Control and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) investigates if there is a link between the vaccine and the development of blood clots. The development of blood clots has been extremely rare with 6 reported cases out of the 6.8 million people who have received the J&J vaccine. If you received the J&J vaccine and are experiencing severe headaches, abdominal pain, leg pain, or shortness of breath within 3 weeks after getting vaccinated, contact your medical provider or call 911 if it is a medical emergency.
In the meantime, NEVHC continues to provide the Moderna vaccine at its health centers to patients ages 18 and older.
Northeast Valley Health Corporation offers COVID-19 services like vaccination and testing for eligible patients in the San Fernando and Santa Clarita valleys.
Need COVID-19 care? Call our COVID-19 Hotline.
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cOVID-19 VACCINE ELIGIBILTY
Northeast Valley Health Corporation is now offering the Moderna vaccine to the following patients:
To schedule a vaccination appointment call our COVID-19 Hotline.
cOVID-19 VACCINE FAQ
No: vaccines help our immune systems identify the virus and fight back through building immunity. Symptoms such as a fever or body aches are normal, and are a sign that your body is building immunity to the virus. Symptoms typical only last for roughly 24 hours.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), CDC and Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) review evidence from clinical trials provided by the vaccine manufactures such as Pfizer and Moderna. Thousands of people of all ages and ethnicities were tested as part of the vaccine trials. Side effects continue to be monitored by these organizations.
No: Vaccines typically take a few weeks to reach their full strength. This means that even after getting the vaccine you will still need to follow COVID-19 safety guidelines such as wearing a mask, staying at least 6 feet apart, and washing your hands regularly to protect yourself from COVID-19.
Yes: studies have shown that while unlikely, it is possible to contract the virus more than once, so it is important to get vaccinated even if you’ve already been sick with COVID-19. As of now, we don’t know how long the immunity benefits of the vaccine will last. If you’ve recently been infected with COVID-19, do not get the vaccine until your symptoms have subsided and you’ve met the criteria to discontinue isolation.
Studies from the CDC show that reinfection is highly uncommon within 90 days of initially being infected, so a person may delay getting the vaccine for 90 days after recovering from COVID-19 if they wish.
No: the primary vaccines available are mRNA vaccines, and it’s impossible for these vaccines to change your DNA. The mRNA vaccine will never come into contact with the nucleus of a cell where DNA is stored.
The two main vaccines currently available from Pfizer and Moderna require two doses of the vaccine. The first dose introduces the virus to your immune system to that your body can recognize it and begin building immunity. The second dose helps your body build even greater immunity after your body has adjusted to the first dose.
COVID-19 vaccines will be given at no cost. Depending on where you receive the vaccine, you may be charged an administration fee, but the vaccine itself will be at no cost.
No: none of the vaccines currently available or in development will cause you to test positive on a COVID-19 viral test. You may test positive on some antibody tests, and these tests are used to indicate if you’ve had a previous infection. Experts are still researching how the vaccine affects the results of an antibody test.
No: studies show that, while it is unlikely, people can get COVID-19 more than once. COVID-19 affects everyone differently, and when you are sick with the virus you can easily spread it to family and friends even if you show no symptoms.
While there is no specific date as to when the vaccine will be universally available, it is the goal of the United States government to have enough vaccines for everyone who wants it as soon as possible. The Federal government projects that everyone will have access to vaccines by June. Access will be phased in over the next six months based on risk criteria set by CDC and CDPH.
The vaccines that have recently been distributed are being given to healthcare personnel and long-term care facility residents as part of Phase 1a of the CDC’s vaccine rollout recommendations. The next groups that will receive priority over the coming weeks as part of Phase 1b are frontline essential workers, such as police officers and grocery store workers, and people aged 75 and older.
The following group of people aged 65 – 74 and people ages 16 – 64 with underlying health conditions such as diabetes or heart problems will be given priority as part of Phase 1c. The Advisory Committee on Immunizations Practices (ACIP) will expand the groups recommended for the vaccine as the supply increases. In the coming months more groups will be added to the list. For more information about the vaccine rollout and different phases, click here.
COVID-19 TESTING AT NEVHC
COVID-19 testing is available for adult and pediatric patients and community members.
Locations Near You
COVID-19 testing is available at 15 health center locations in the San Fernando and Santa Clarita valleys.
Fast Test Results
COVID-19 test results are available in 24-48 hours
To schedule a test call our COVID-19 Hotline.
cOVID-19 TESTING FAQ
You can request to get tested for COVID-19 if you meet one of the following requirements:
• You have been exposed to a person who has tested positive for COVID-19.
• You are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
• You are getting a medical or dental procedure that requires proof that you have been tested for COVID-19.
• Traveling and require proof that you have been tested for COVID-19.
Call the NEVHC appointment hotline at (818) 792-4949 to schedule an appointment for a COVID-19 test at one of our 15 locations serving the San Fernando and Santa Clarita valleys. If your call isn’t answered please leave a message and we will call you back in 1-3 hours.
Appointments are available Monday – Saturday, between 8 am – 3 pm (hours vary by site).
Our goal is to provide you with a quick and safe COVID testing experience. Click HERE to learn what to expect when we collect a COVID-19 testing sample from your nose.
Your COVID-19 test results will be available within 24-48 hours after getting tested. You will receive your results over the phone or through your patient portal.
We understand that you may have questions about how to care for yourself and your loved ones if you have been exposed to COVID-19 or have tested positive.
Please click on the resources provided by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health to learn about self-isolation, self-care and minimizing the spread of COVID-19 if you live with others.
Since the COVID-19 virus can live in your body for up to 3 months, it is not recommend that you take another COVID-19 test until 3 months AFTER your first positive test. You do not need a negative test in order to return to work.
You should schedule a second COVID-19 test if you develop new COVID-19 symptoms after you started to feel better.
The ACTIV-2 Study is a clinical trial that tests different medicines to see if they are safe and can help treat adults diagnosed with COVID-19. The study is seeking volunteers who have tested positive for COVID-19 within the last seven days and are showing symptoms. ACTIV-2 is sponsored by the National Institutes of Health and lasts roughly six months.
NOTE: NEVHC health centers are not study cites. Study participants would have to travel to Northridge for the nearest study site.
COVID-19 NEXT STEPS
To schedule your COVID-19 test or your COVID-19 vaccination appointment call our COVID-19 Hotline.
NEVHC is a Health Center Program grantee under 42 U.S.C. 254b, and a deemed Public Health Service employee under 42 U.S.C. 233(g)-(n) with respect to certain health or health-related claims, including medical malpractice claims, for itself and its covered individuals.