PRESS RELEASE

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

8/7/2021
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 080721
Subject:
City Partners With Local Schools to Encourage Students to Get Vaccinated by Fall
Vaccines available at new location, days and times for individuals ages 12 and up
Contact:
City of Long Beach Joint Information Center
562.570.NEWS
jic@longbeach.gov





Long Beach, CA - In an effort to encourage more students to get the COVID-19 vaccine before in-person learning resumes for the fall semester, the Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) is offering extended hours and more vaccination clinics while partnering with Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD), Long Beach City College (LBCC) and California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) to ensure all eligible youth receive their life-saving vaccinations.

“We strongly encourage all community members, especially students headed back to in-person learning, to protect themselves and help keep our city healthy by getting the vaccine,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. 

The City’s vaccine clinics will now include Wednesdays and Thursdays at CSULB, Saturdays at LBCC’s Pacific Coast Campus and various mobile clinics at LBCC’s Liberal Arts Campus, where special incentives will be offered in an effort to protect more students against the virus as in-person learning resumes. 

CSULB Clinics
Vaccine clinics on the CSULB campus will be available from noon to 4 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays starting August 11, near the campus bookstore located at 6049 E. 7th St.

LBCC Clinics
Vaccines are already being distributed at LBCC’s Pacific Coast Campus, Parking Lot 1, at the corner of Orange Avenue and Pacific Coast Highway from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday. In addition, the clinic will now be available from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays with greater vaccine and testing capabilities. 

Additional mobile clinics at LBCC’s Liberal Arts Campus, Parking Lot 1, at the corner of Carson Boulevard and Clark Avenue, will take place from:

  • 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Tuesday, August 10 
  • 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday, August 23
  • 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday, August 26
  • 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday, August 30 
  • 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday, August 31

Those who get vaccinated at a mobile clinic can enjoy a free scoop of Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream afterwards, courtesy of the Health Department. Additionally, any LBCC fall semester student who gets immunized before August 30 is eligible for a $300 voucher at the LBCC Barnes & Noble Bookstore.

Parking is free for visitors at LBCC campuses in designated lots on clinic days, and LBCC requires everyone ages two years and older to wear a face covering while on school campuses.

Currently, just 48.5% of people ages 12 to 17 are vaccinated against COVID-19 in Long Beach, representing the age group with the lowest percentage of vaccinations among all eligible age groups. The next lowest are those ages 18 to 34, at 55.8%. The percentages only go up from there: ages 35 to 44, 73.6%; ages 45 to 54, 74.0%; ages 55 to 64, 86.5%; and, for those who are age 65 and up, 99%.

Vaccines are safe and effective in preventing COVID-19 cases, as well as preventing serious illness or death among breakthrough cases of the virus. The delta variant, which is the dominant strain in Long Beach, may cause more severe disease than previous strains, especially among unvaccinated people, and is now the dominant variant in California and the United States. COVID-19 vaccines provide protection against this new variant and are one of the most potent tools to reduce community spread.

“We need more parents and young people ages 12 to 17 to see that vaccinations are safe and the most effective way to prevent the spread of this deadly virus, especially with the more contagious Delta variant being so widespread,” said City Health Officer Dr. Anissa Davis. “The Health Department is offering free vaccines at different neighborhood locations six days a week, so we’re making it easier than ever for families to protect themselves when school is back in session.”

Eligible students at LBUSD and LBCC are encouraged but not required to have the vaccine to return to the classroom; however, there is a mandate in place that requires CSULB students to be immunized against COVID-19 to access campus facilities. Those ages 12 to 17 are eligible to receive only the two-dose Pfizer vaccine. Students ages 18 and older can choose either a one-dose vaccine or two-dose vaccine. Children younger than 12 are not yet eligible for any type of COVID-19 vaccine. 

The City also continues to host convenient vaccine clinics at LBUSD schools and local parks Mondays through Saturdays each week in addition to the vaccines available at local pharmacies and from medical providers. Information and ample opportunities for residents and non-residents to receive a COVID-19 vaccine can be found on the VaxLB portal. 

Minors must have a signed consent form from a parent or guardian prior to vaccination. Consent can be given when making an appointment on the State’s vaccination portal, MyTurn.ca.gov or the form can be printed and signed and brought to the vaccination site. 

There are a variety of ways eligible people can receive vaccines in Long Beach. For information about the City’s vaccination locations and hours of operation, visit longbeach.gov/vaxlb. Appointments are not required, but people interested in scheduling an appointment may do so by visiting MyTurn or by calling the City’s COVID-19 Information Line at 562.570.INFO (4636). 

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. People may also visit longbeach.gov/COVID19data for up-to-date information regarding cases and vaccines in Long Beach.

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