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GALA Keynote added, ADOPT-A-VET, Are you BOOSTED?

Updated: Dec 1, 2022

San Francisco 49ers Coach Anthony Lynn is GALA Keynote Speaker

Heroes 1st is proud to announce Coach Lynn will be the keynote speaker at our Inaugural Gala on March 18, 2023! Anthony Lynn is completing his first season as the NFL San Francisco 49ers’ assistant head coach/running backs coach. He joined the 49ers after spending the 2021 season as the offensive coordinator of the Detroit Lions. Lynn joined the Lions following four seasons (2017-20) as the head coach of the Los Angeles Chargers.

We've added a VIP Meet & Greet ticket option! SPACE IS VERY LIMITED and tickets will go quickly. For the month of December we're offering an Early Bird discount of 10%. (CODE: EARLYBIRD23)

Don't forget there is a 4 easy payment option using

Our Adopt-A-Vet project is in full swing and we're so excited!

Heroes 1st has partnered with Homes for Veterans at Plaza Ortiz ( located at 10950 Railroad Street, El Monte, CA 91731 to bring a little holiday joy to twenty-five Veterans in transitional housing. Each veteran will receive a gift bag filled with essentials and items that are very nice to have (see flyers below). In addition, each resident will receive two gift cards: one each for a dining experience and a second card for a shopping experience. Our team will present the gift bags with a gourmet farm to table lunch provided by Kitchen Gourmet ( prepared by Chef Gabe on December 21, 2022, 11:30am – 1:30pm. Our mission is simple; assure residents know they are not alone.

The collection center is our office located at 2777 Pacific Avenue, Suite B, Long Beach CA 90806 on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday 10a - 3p by appointment. Call (234) 437-6371 to arrange drop off. Gift card may be mailed to this address, as well. As recommended by the postal service DO NOT DROP IN THE USPS BLUE BOX.

Are you vaccinated AND boosted?

This flu season is predicted to be a rough one and it is proving to be prophetic. RSV is breaking records and filling hospital beds all while COVID numbers are climbing at an alarming rate. Heroes 1st has joined forces with Neighborhood Partnership to get the word out about the importance of being fully vaccinated and boosted.

  • Getting vaccinated is the safest way to protect against the worst outcomes of COVID-19, including hospitalization, long COVID, and death.

  • Getting boosted helps keep your immunity strong against severe illness. • The known risks of COVID-19 infection far outweigh the potential risk of rare adverse reactions after vaccination.

  • Getting vaccinated helps reduce the spread of COVID-19 and its variants to our loved ones and in our communities. • Find a vaccine near you by visiting My Turn or by calling (833) 422-4255.

Most recent vaccine eligibility

  • COVID-19 vaccines are recommended for everyone 6 months and older.

  • Everyone 5 and older should get the updated booster. You are eligible to get the updated booster at least 2 months following any COVID vaccine.

  • It is safe and recommended to get the COVID-19 vaccine with other vaccines, such as the flu.

Most recent guidance on harm reduction

  • CDPH recommendations on masking are based on low, medium, or high community COVID-19 levels.

  • Test before and after large gatherings, before and after travel, with exposure to COVID-19, or if you are having symptoms.

Current variants

  • Omicron BA.5 is the dominant strain of the COVID-19 virus in the U.S., though several new strains are emerging and accounting for a larger number of cases.

Stopping misinformation

Why should I get the updated booster?

  • Rates of cases and hospitalizations increased as a result of Omicron variants.

  • The previous boosters targeted only the original strain while the updated boosters target the original strain and the Omicron strains that have been causing the most recent cases.

  • As variants emerge, updated booster doses remain an important tool to protect against circulating strains.

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