04/08/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 04/08/2021 14:10
Long Beach, CA - The City of Long Beach announced today that, effective immediately, the Department of Health and Human Services will begin vaccinating all residents ages 16 years and older. Beginning April 15, those who work in Long Beach who are 16 years and older will also be eligible.
'With over 40% of eligible adults vaccinated and a successful vaccination program, it's time to expand to all residents 16 and over,' said Mayor Robert Garcia. 'I'm proud that we can once again set the pace for the state.'
Because the State's COVID-19 vaccine portal does not currently allow appointments to be made by those 49 years and younger without an underlying health condition, Long Beach residents ages 16 and older seeking to be vaccinated can do so via the City's walk-up vaccination process at the Long Beach Convention Center. A limited supply of Pfzier vaccine will be available on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, April 8 through April 10.
Beginning April 15, all residents, and those who work in Long Beach, ages 16 and older may make vaccination appointments online via My Turn, the State's COVID-19 vaccine notification and appointment system, or by calling 833.422.4255. Those ages 16 and older with underlying health conditions already have the ability to make an appointment using the My Turn portal.
Walk-up appointments are available for eligible residents at the Long Beach Convention Center from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Based on supply availability, approximately 500 appointments will be available each day; if all walk-up appointments for that day are taken, people will be offered a future appointment. People without appointments should follow signs for walk-up, which is ADA accessible. Information on eligibility and documentation can be found at longbeach.gov/VaxLB.
Three approved vaccines have been proven to be highly effective against severe COVID-19 illness and death. Based on supply availability, the City of Long Beach dispenses the two-dose Pfizer and Moderna vaccines or the single dose Janssen vaccine. The Pfizer vaccine is approved to be administered to those ages 16 and older.
The City of Long Beach is committed to making vaccinations as widely attainable as possible within the current State Health Order. In January, the City launched a mass vaccination clinic at the Long Beach Convention Center to distribute vaccines and in February, the Health and Human Services Department began conducting small, community-based vaccine clinics as part of an outreach program to vaccinate people in neighborhoods most impacted by COVID. In March, the City rolled out two new mobile vehicles to administer vaccinations to homebound residents and individuals in neighborhoods with the highest coronavirus case rates to reduce the effects of COVID-19.
Formerly, vaccines were being distributed to populations identified in Phase 1A, Phase 1B, Tier 1, individuals with disabilities, and adults ages 50 years and older.
All residents, even those who have received COVID-19 vaccinations, are reminded to continue practicing all health and safety protocols, including wearing face coverings, maintaining proper physical distance from others and sanitizing high touch areas frequently.
As of April 8, there have been 52,398 COVID-19 cases in Long Beach and 920 people have died from the virus. More than 229,000 vaccines have been administered, which includes approximately 138,700 first doses and 90,300 second doses. All vaccines are administered free of charge and have been provided directly by the federal government.
For the latest information on COVID-19, with details on all that the City of Long Beach is doing to keep our residents safe, visit longbeach.gov/COVID19 and follow @LongBeachCity on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.