PRESS RELEASE

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

6/1/2021
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 060121
Subject:
Residents Encouraged to Get Vaccinated to Qualify for Local and State Incentives as State Prepares to Fully Reopen Economy
State offering gift cards and cash prizes; City continues holding opportunity drawings
Contact:
City of Long Beach Joint Information Center
562.570.NEWS
jic@longbeach.gov





Long Beach, CA - The City of Long Beach is encouraging community members to get the COVID-19 vaccine to qualify to receive gift cards and cash prizes from the State of California and be entered into daily opportunity drawings held by the City of Long Beach Health and Human Services Department (Health Department). The incentives aim to encourage more individuals to get vaccinated against COVID-19 as California moves toward a full reopening of the economy on June 15. 

“We continue to see great success in our local incentive program,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “We appreciate our community partners for helping in this effort and hope this, paired with the state-wide incentives, will encourage even more people to get vaccinated in the days and weeks ahead.”

Vax for the Win State Incentive Program 
The State of California has launched a $116.5 million incentive program for vaccinated residents. The vaccine incentive program is the largest in the country and includes cash prizes of up to $1.5 million. All Californians who have had at least one COVID-19 dose, including those receiving the vaccine in Long Beach, will automatically be entered. Individuals are encouraged to get vaccinated as soon as possible for a chance to receive a $50 gift card and other cash prizes.

Long Beach Vaccine Incentives
The City of Long Beach is continuing to offer incentives for those who receive their first dose of Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine or their one and only dose of Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccine through any City-run vaccination site. From June 1 through June 5, those who receive vaccination will automatically be entered to win opportunity drawing prizes including their choice of either a Sun Bicycles Revolutions 24 beach cruiser, a Firmstrong Urban Lady Single Speed beach cruiser, Apple Airpods or a one- to two-night stay at a local hotel. Those selected will have the opportunity to choose either prize. Parent/guardian consent is required for those under the age of 18. This week’s participating hotels includeCourtyard Long Beach Downtown, Golden Sails Hotel, Marriott Long Beach and The Westin Long Beach.

Additionally, every Wednesday throughout the month of June, The Habit Burger will be onsite at the evening vaccination clinics at the Long Beach City College Pacific Coast Campus (PCC) providing complimentary meals to everyone receiving the vaccine.  

There are a variety of ways eligible people can receive vaccine in Long Beach: 

  • Long Beach Convention Center, located at 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursdays from 11 a.m.  to 6 p.m.; and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Mobile Community Clinics at Admiral KiddMacArthur and Houghton Parks
  • Mobile Vaccination Vehicles for homebound individuals and people in hard-hit neighborhoods
  • Mobile vaccination at local schools, including Cabrillo High School on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Grant Elementary on Wednesdays and Fridays from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; and Washington Middle School on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
  • Evening vaccinations at PCC, located at 1305 E Pacific Coast Highway, Monday through Friday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Appointments are not required, but people interested in scheduling an appointment may do so by visiting the State’s vaccination portal, MyTurn.ca.gov, or by calling the California COVID-19 Hotline at 833.422.4255.

Medical Records
The City is encouraging individuals to review their vaccination card and ensure it is stored for safekeeping as it is official proof of vaccination and cannot be replaced. Digital vaccination records can be stored on your mobile phone free of cost through a partnership with Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and Healthvana, a secure, and trusted mobile-friendly portal for patients to manage their health records. Individuals who do not have internet access and have been vaccinated by the Health Department may contact the City’s COVID-19 Info Line for assistance in obtaining a copy of their vaccination record.at 562.570.INFO (4636), Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Since the vaccine incentive program began earlier this month in Long Beach, first-dose vaccination appointments have doubled. The incentive program kicked off with tickets to the Aquarium of the Pacific, with approximately 5,700 tickets distributed, and continued with Nintendo Switches, Apple Airpods and complimentary two-night stays at other local hotels. The City continues to explore various incentives and strategies to encourage all eligible residents to protect themselves and their loved ones from COVID-19. 

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.