Long Beach Health and Human Services will begin offering a limited number of COVID-19 vaccinations for Long Beach Unified School District employees during drive-up clinics 1 to 5 p.m. on Jan. 25 and 26 at the Long Beach Convention Center, 300 E. Ocean Blvd.
Employees are not required to receive the vaccine, but those who want one should make an appointment. The school district expects to receive sign-up links from the Health Department specifically for LBUSD employees and will share those links with employees via email at 6 p.m. today, Thursday, Jan. 21. Information on COVID vaccine appointments for the public also is available at the city's VaxLB webpage, which can also be found at longbeach.gov/health (use the search field to find VaxLB).
Vaccine supplies have become more limited since California’s recent prioritization of people 65 and older. The Health Department will continue to work with the school district in the coming weeks to provide vaccinations for all LBUSD employees who want to be vaccinated.
The vaccine to be administered requires a second dose 28 days later, and participating employees will receive information and reminders regarding the second round.
The Health Department states that vaccination is a safe and effective way to prevent disease and save lives:
“When we get vaccinated, we aren’t just protecting ourselves, but also those around us. Some people, like those who are seriously ill, are advised not to get certain vaccines, so they depend on the rest of us to get vaccinated and help reduce the spread of disease.”
A list of frequently asked questions and answers about the vaccine is available at longbeach.gov/health.
The city also provides a COVID Hotline at 570-4636 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For vaccine information, wait to select option 6 when you hear it, and leave a message, or email COVID19Vaccine@longbeach.gov.