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City and Education Leaders Implement Vaccine Mandate Programs

Release Date: 2021-07-28

This week your Long Beach City Government, CSULB, and LBCC all implemented a mandatory vaccine or weekly negative COVID-19 test program for employees and students. While all these programs are slightly different to meet each institution's needs, they take on this pandemic and model responsible public leadership. A huge thank you to these institutions and the leaders making these tough but important decisions. Additionally, LBUSD is strongly encouraging vaccination for their employees with additional requirements being discussed.

Yesterday, we had the opportunity to address our community and urge people to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Vaccines are safe, free, and effective; and it's especially important for people to be vaccinated now as there are only about 4 more weeks left before students in Long Beach will return to class. Two-dose vaccines require three to four weeks between doses, and it's essential for a safe return to classrooms that everyone 12 and over in our Long Beach schools be fully vaccinated for the new academic year.

I want to thank the 72% of adults in Long Beach that have gotten their vaccine already, and ask each of you to reach out to the people you know who are unvaccinated and encourage them to do their part. I also want to thank CSULB President Conoley, LBCC Superintendent-President Munoz, and LBUSD Superintendent Baker for joining me, and for their leadership and partnership as we work to beat COVID-19.

For information on COVID-19 vaccines, you can visit longbeach.gov/vaxlb or call 562-570-4636.

Thank you,
Mayor Robert Garcia