How Long Beach Dealt with Vaccine Line Jumpers
While state guidelines stipulate only certain Californians are eligible for coronavirus vaccine apointments, Long Beach has partially dropped the state-managed appointment system due to gaps allowing ineligible people to cut ahead.
One of the significant issues with the state-managed appointment system has been extra doses left unused at the day’s end and allowing people to cut ahead. The practice has become so brazen that wealthy people have been reportedly bribing doctors or taking charter flights to other states and even obtaining vaccination codes intended for people in underserved communities, according to a report by CBS 2.
LA County Supervisor, Hilda Solis, blasted affluent residents who were jumping in line for the vaccine in Boyle Heights, per Patch.
CBS 2 reported about a person who gain a vaccination access code by the state that was supposed to be going to community groups "to get more people of color in hard hit communities vaccinated."
So, what changed ?
Last Thursday, the City invited seniors 65+ to the Long Beach Convention Center to wait in line without an appointment on the chance they might get vaccinated. On Saturday, the City allocated an additional 500 doses of the vaccine for Long Beach area food workers with no appointment needed.
On Monday, March 8, any Long Beach resident with medical documentation of physical or mental disability between the ages of 16 to 64 could show up at the Long Beach Convention Center without an appointment from 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.