After beginning vaccine clinics Monday, Jan. 11, for healthcare workers, the Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) will build the next phase of vaccine clinics to serve older adults. Former Long Beach Mayor Beverly O’Neill, who is 90 years old, will participate in the first vaccine clinic for older adults this Saturday.
“Our older residents are among the folks most at-risk for severe illness from COVID-19, and I’m so glad we’ll soon be able to vaccinate older adults,” said Mayor Garcia. “We are moving aggressively to vaccinate all of our vulnerable seniors.”
Vaccinating older adults is also taking place at long-term health care facilities through a partnership with the federal government and local pharmacies as well as upcoming mobile teams operated through the Health Department. All 25 skilled nursing facilities in Long Beach have been visited, and vaccinations continue in the long-term care facilities and group homes via a partnership with the federal government and local pharmacies.
Prior to making an appointment through the City vaccine clinics, people should first contact their healthcare provider for vaccine availability. Large medical providers have direct access to the vaccine. Individuals with additional questions may call 562.570.INFO (4636), option 6, or email [email protected].
For those who are unable to be vaccinated through their medical provider, vaccination clinics for people aged 75 and older will continue every Saturday until the needs are met. Long Beach residents who fall into the 75 and older category will be asked to provide their birth date and proof of Long Beach residency, such as a utility bill or drivers license; however, the City of Long Beach is committed to vaccinating all residents aged 75 and older, including those who are undocumented or otherwise lack identification. Appointments will be required, and those who arrive without appointments will be turned away. Those aged 65-74 will be eligible for vaccines at the City’s vaccine clinics beginning Saturday, Jan. 23.
Additional information on emergency workers, food sector employees and education sector workers will be available later this week. Vaccine allocation is distributed according to each health jurisdiction’s workforce, not by residency.
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 allocations to the City are based on employment sectors 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 if they arrive at a City-operated vaccine clinic.
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 to the Long Beach Police Department’s Financial Crimes (Identity Theft) unit at 562-570-7330.
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.
This article was released by the City of Long Beach.