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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 012921
City of Long Beach Prepares to Administer Second Vaccine Doses
City of Long Beach Joint Information Center
Long Beach, CA - Starting the week of February 1, the Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) will begin administering second COVID-19 vaccine doses to people who received their first dose in January. “Long Beach is proud to be safely administering as many vaccines to eligible individuals as possible,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “As we move forward we are now also able to prioritize to second doses, which will be followed by continued vaccinations for people according to CDC and State guidelines.” While the City will prioritize second doses throughout February, Long Beach residents 65 and older, emergency services personnel and healthcare workers in Phase 1A will continue to be contacted through VaxLB as vaccine becomes available to receive their first vaccination through a partnership with MemorialCare and several other providers throughout the city. Grocery workers may be notified by their employers to be vaccinated through grocery store pharmacies. Education sector workers will be contacted through their employer when appointments are available and will be vaccinated through the Health Department, dependent upon supply. Some vaccine has been allocated directly to healthcare providers, and people also are encouraged to check with their healthcare provider for vaccine availability. The COVID-19 vaccine is administered in two doses. The Health Department will be contacting people who received vaccination through the Health Department throughout February, via the email address or phone number provided when the first appointment was made, to schedule an appointment for their second dose. People are encouraged to get their second vaccine as soon as they are notified of availability. People do not need to contact the Health Department to inquire about the status of their second vaccine. While it is recommended for second doses to be administered within a 21- to 28- day period depending on the manufacturer, guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicates that the effectiveness is not reduced if the second dose is received within six weeks of the first dose, or up to 42 days. February clinic appointments will be dedicated first to allocation of second doses. The amount of vaccine the City receives varies week by week, and people are encouraged to get their second vaccine as soon as they are notified of availability. The City is prioritizing second doses and is requesting vaccine from the State to complete all second doses. “We are committed to ensuring that everyone who lives, works or learns in Long Beach and wants a vaccine can receive vaccination as they are eligible and allocation becomes available,” said City Health Officer Dr. Anissa Davis. “We absolutely have the capacity to do this, it is just a matter of supply at this time.” All Long Beach residents are encouraged to visit VaxLB, the City’s new online vaccination portal. The VaxLB portal makes the process of learning about and scheduling COVID-19 vaccines easier and more transparent. By visiting longbeach.gov/vaxLB, people can sign up to be notified when it’s their turn to get the COVID-19 vaccine. The site and sign-up form are available in English, Spanish, Tagalog and Khmer. The City reminds residents to continue practicing all health and safety protocols, including wearing a face covering and maintaining proper physical distance from others, even if they have received COVID-19 vaccinations. Individuals with additional questions may call 562.570.INFO (4636), option 6, or email COVID19Vaccine@longbeach.gov. Please do not call if you are inquiring about how to schedule the second dose. 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.