PRESS RELEASE

City of Long Beach 
Public Information Office
411 W. Ocean Blvd, 
Long Beach, CA 90802

1/19/2021
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 011921
Subject:
City Launches Mass Vaccination Clinic at Long Beach Convention Center
City Also Unveils VaxLB, a COVID-19 Vaccine Portal
Contact:
City of Long Beach Joint Information Center
562.570.NEWS
jic@longbeach.gov
RESIDENTS: Call 562.570.INFO




Long Beach, CA - The City of Long Beach is launching a mass vaccination clinic at the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center for healthcare workers and older adults. Appointments are required. 

“Our new mass vaccine clinic will expand our ability to vaccinate more people a day than we ever have before,” said Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia. “Our vaccination program is quickly becoming a statewide model and we are proud of how fast we are moving through the groups.”

The City of Long Beach continues to administer vaccines as they become available. Vaccinations have been administered to hospital workers, frontline City health workers, Long Beach Fire Department firefighters and EMTs. Last week, the City kicked off Phase 1B of the vaccine roll out plan when other City employees critical to COVID-19 emergency response efforts received the vaccine and vaccination of older adults began January 16. To date, more than 21,000 vaccines have been administered in Long Beach. All vaccines are administered free of charge and have been provided directly by the federal government.

The Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) today also unveiled VaxLB, a new vaccine portal that makes the process of learning about and scheduling COVID-19 vaccines easier and more transparent. By visiting longbeach.gov/vaxLB, people will be able to sign up to be notified when it’s their turn to get the COVID-19 vaccine. It also provides information, including self-service appointment booking, as vaccine becomes available, for people who are already eligible to be vaccinated. The site and sign-up form are available in English, Spanish, Tagalog and Khmer.

“Our goal is to distribute the vaccine as fairly, equitably and quickly as possible,” said Health Department Director Kelly Colopy. “VaxLB will demystify the vaccination process and allow for our vaccination process to go even more smoothly.”

Vaccine distribution and dispensing is a normal function of the Health Department. Its Public Health Emergency Management team and immunization coordinator have been training and exercising to prepare for mass vaccinations for years. Each year, including this one, the Health Department practices for emergency vaccine distribution by conducting mass vaccination events in the city during the flu season when it provides free drive-thru flu vaccines.

Last month, the City announced its plan for equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines. The Health Department is managing the vaccine distribution process and is following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the State of California. Additional details about the City’s vaccine rollout plan are available on the City’s website

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.

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