Long Beach to allow residents & workers who are 50-years-old & older to get vaccinated

The City of Long Beach announced Thursday that the Department of Health and Human Services would accept all residents and people who work within the City and 50 years and older to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

The state of play:

Today's announcement arrived on the heels of Governor Gavin Newsom's statement that the state is extending eligibility for coronavirus vaccine to anybody 50-years-old and over starting April 1 and all Californias who are 16 and over on April 15 per the AP.

  • 💉: Governor Newsom said the state expects 2.5 million doses a week of the vaccine doses in the first half of April and then three million-plus doses in the second half of the month, per the SF Chronicle.

  • 💉: California has handled 15 million+ coronavirus vaccine, and Newsom said that the state would keep targeting underserved communities to reach essential workers and letting health providers target vaccinations by ZIP code, per the AP

  • 💉: The governor further said that for the first time, family members associated with currently eligible people could also get vaccinated with "no questions asked,' per Fox 11.

Why it matters:

Earlier this week, Long Beach surpassed the grim milestone of 900+ coronavirus-related deaths and have recorded 51,902 COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic.

  • 😷: Long Beach residents ages 50 years and older who had previously registered with VaxLB will be contacted by the Health Department directly.

  • 😷: California's My Turn vaccine appointment app will begin scheduling appointments for those 50 and older on April 1.

  • 😷: Individuals must be able to evidence they are eligible and live or work in Long Beach. Proof could include a utility bill with their address or a driver's license. A work ID, pay stub, or letter of employment on official letterhead are acceptable as proof of employment.

What they're saying

  • Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia said in a statement, "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," Mr. Garcia would go on to say, "we will be contacting this group through VaxLB and walk-ups are now available.

  • Governor Newsom on expanding California standard for vaccination: "just a few weeks, there will be no rules, no limitations to the ability to get a vaccine administered," Newsom said Thursday. "I hope this is coming as positive news for those that have been waiting their turn."

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