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City of Long Beach will begin vaccinating residents ages 50 years and older

The City of Long Beach announced March 25 that, effective immediately, the Department of Health and Human Services will begin vaccinating all residents, as well as those who work in Long Beach, ages 50 years and older. Long Beach will be one of the first health jurisdictions in California to expand vaccine access to people in this age group.

“We’re committed to making vaccinations available to as many people as possible, and now all Long Beach residents and workers 50 and older are eligible to be vaccinated,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “We will be contacting this group through VaxLB and walk ups are now available.”

Residents ages 50 years and older who had previously registered with VaxLB will be contacted by the Health Department directly. My Turn will begin scheduling appointments for those 50 and older on April 1. Residents and workers in this category who had not registered with VaxLB may email [email protected], call 562.570.4636 or receive a vaccine without an appointment at the Long Beach Convention Center COVID-19 vaccine site from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Approximately 500 appointments will be available each day; if all walk-up appointments for that day are taken, people will be offered a future appointment. People without appointments should follow signs for walk-up, which is ADA accessible.

Individuals must be able to prove they meet the eligibility requirement and live or work in Long Beach. Proof of residency documentation could include a utility bill with their address or a driver’s license. Work ID, pay stub or letter of employment on official letterhead are acceptable as proof of employment. More information on eligibility and documentation can be found at longbeach.gov/VaxLB.

Residents who are homebound and interested in requesting a home appointment may visit the City’s website to complete a request form or call 562.570.INFO (4636) for assistance. Health Department staff will screen requests and verify eligibility before scheduling an appointment for at-home services. Individuals with additional questions may email [email protected]

All residents, including those who have received COVID-19 vaccinations, are encouraged to continue practicing all health and safety protocols, including wearing face coverings and maintaining proper physical distance from others.

To date, there have been 51,902 COVID-19 cases in Long Beach and 907 people have died from the virus. More than 184,000 vaccines have been administered, which includes approximately 121,500 first doses and 62,800 second doses. All vaccines are administered free of charge and have been provided directly by the federal government.

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.