PRESS RELEASE

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

8/17/2021
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 081721-2
Subject:
Data Show Vaccine Effectiveness Against COVID-19
Fully vaccinated people much less likely to become infected, hospitalized
Contact:
City of Long Beach Joint Information Center
562.570.NEWS
jic@longbeach.gov





Long Beach, CA - Data collected as of July 31, 2021, by the Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) show that partially-vaccinated or unvaccinated people are 11.6 times more likely to be infected by COVID-19 than their fully vaccinated counterparts.

As of July 31, the case rate for fully-vaccinated cases is 5.5 per 100,000 people. As reflected in Figure 1, among the partially-vaccinated and unvaccinated cases, the case rate is 63.9. Likewise, the cumulative hospitalization rate per 100,000 people in Long Beach is 0.8 for fully-vaccinated cases and 11.5 for partially-vaccinated and unvaccinated cases. The cumulative death rate for those partially vaccinated and unvaccinated is 0.9 per 100,000 people, whereas it is 0.0 for those who are fully vaccinated.



Unlike the first wave of the pandemic and the winter surge, where those 65 and older had the highest COVID-related hospitalization rate, the latest data show that 50- to 64- year-olds now have the highest COVID-related hospitalization rate and 35- to 49-year-olds have a similar rate to those 65 and older.The seven-day cumulative COVID-related hospitalization rate with a seven-day lag is 7.4 per 100,000 cases for people 35 to 49 years old, 15.4 for 50 to 64 years old, and 7.5 for those 65 years or older. 

The majority of COVID-19 cases over the past seven days in Long Beach are among individuals aged 25 to 49 years old. The case rate (seven-day average, seven-day lag) by age is illustrated in Figure 2.



“We are seeing, in parts of the country where school has already started, that kids under 18 are being infected in large numbers,” said City Health Officer Dr. Anissa Davis. “You can help protect school children from the virus and prevent school disruptions by doing three things: vaccinate your children ages 12 and older; vaccinate yourself, even if you are a young adult without kids; and get your second dose, if you haven’t already.”

To date, 72.4% of Long Beach residents 12 or older have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine and 62.0% of those 12 or older are fully vaccinated (one dose of Johnson & Johnson or two doses of Pfizer or Moderna). 

“Around the world, people are desperate for vaccine,” said Health and Human Services Director Kelly Colopy. “We are so lucky to have adequate supply, and we are doing everything we can to make sure everyone 12 and older in Long Beach can get the shot.”

Vaccine clinics take place six days per week across Long Beach and mobile vaccine vans can visit those who are unable to travel to a City vaccine site. The vaccine clinic schedule is posted in English, Spanish, Khmer and Tagalog at longbeach.gov/vaxlb. People also may call 562.570.4636 or email Covid19Vaccine@longbeach.gov for assistance.

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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