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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 020621-2
Long Beach Vaccine Clinics to Help Close Equity Gap in Vaccinations
City of Long Beach Joint Information Center
Long Beach, CA - Today, the City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) conducted the first vaccine clinic as part of an outreach program that vaccinates people in high-risk neighborhoods via small, community-based clinics. This first clinic, serving primarily Spanish-speaking adults 65 and older, took place at Silverado Park on the Westside and provided 500 doses of vaccine. Spanish-speaking staff were onsite to assist community members and address questions. “It’s important to reach residents from across the city and to get vaccines into lower income and high-risk communities,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “We are committed to launching these clinics for seniors and other community members who live in impacted areas.” These mobile clinics focus on historically underserved neighborhoods in Long Beach, with appointments selected among VaxLB registrants or made in partnership with local nonprofits and community partners serving these communities. In addition to vaccinating older adults via mobile clinic, the City is looking at more opportunities throughout February to serve communities hard-hit by COVID-19 as well as housebound individuals and senior living centers, until the need is satisfied. As always, clinics are dependent on vaccine availability. As of February 6, there have been 49,356 COVID-19 cases in Long Beach and 714 people have died from the virus. More than 52,000 vaccines have been administered. For the latest information on COVID-19, with details on all that the City of Long Beach is doing to keep its residents safe, visit longbeach.gov/COVID19 and follow @LongBeachCity on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.