City of Long Beach Public Information Office 411 W. Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90802
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 11101
City Launches Vaccination Clinics to Administer COVID-19 Vaccine to More Essential Workers
More Healthcare Workers, Emergency Medical Service Workers to Receive Vaccines at Clinics
City of Long Beach Joint Information Center
RESIDENTS: Call 562.570.INFO
Long Beach, CA - Today, the Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services’ (Health Department) vaccination clinics will continue to administer the COVID-19 vaccine to healthcare workers.
“We are proud of our vaccination rollout and it’s heartening that the majority of our health care workers have already been vaccinated,” said Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia. “Our new vaccine clinics will ensure that all Long Beach health care workers get vaccinated.”
As vaccines have come available, the City of Long Beach has aggressively allocated or administered doses to those first in need, starting with on-site vaccinations at hospitals and healthcare clinics, followed, last week, by the vaccination of City Health Officer Dr. Anissa Davis as well as other frontline City health workers and Long Beach Fire Department firefighters and EMTs.
Clinic appointments are now available for healthcare workers who work in Long Beach; people should contact their employers for information. Proof of employment in Long Beach, such as pay stub, ID or employer letter on official letterhead, will be required for essential workers to receive their vaccines at this time.
Vaccine allocation is distributed according to each health jurisdiction’s workforce, not by residency. However, healthcare workers who live in Long Beach and work in other jurisdictions, and who haven’t received information from their employer by January 19, should call 562-570-INFO (4636), option 6, and leave a message or email COVID19Vaccine@longbeach.gov. The City of Long Beach is committed to making sure all healthcare workers, whether they live or work in Long Beach, get their opportunity to get vaccinated.
“It will take time to widely distribute the COVID-19 vaccine but we’re following CDC and State guidelines and doing everything we can to streamline administration,” said Kelly Colopy, Director of the Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services. “We ask that everyone be patient, but I assure you everyone who needs a vaccine will get one.”
Significant strides have been made since the first round of vaccines was administered Dec. 18. To date, 7,796 vaccines have been administered to healthcare workers at hospitals, paramedics, EMTs and others providing emergency medical services. All vaccines are administered free of charge, and have been provided directly by the federal government.
The Health Department is managing the vaccine distribution and administration process in accordance with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the State of California. Vaccines are being allocated to the City by employment and are being made available to individuals in two phases with sub-phases and tiered sub-prioritization until more vaccines become available. People with access to the vaccine appointment link but who are not qualified under the current phase, and essential workers who do not work in Long Beach, will not be vaccinated at this time. Information regarding the next phase of vaccinations, which includes people working in the food and education sectors, as well as residents 75 years old and older, will be provided tomorrow.
Additional details about the City’s vaccine rollout plan are available on the City’s website. The City urges individuals to be aware of COVID-19 vaccination scams and report suspicious activity.
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.