Only 56% of LBPD personnel are vaccinated against COVID-19
According to a city memo, despite being one of the essential workers and gaining priority access to the vaccine, only 56% of Long Beach Police Department personnel are vaccinated against the coronavirus.
Why it matters:
Long Beach will require city employees to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 or undergo weekly testing to show they have tested negative, Mayor Robert Garcia announced Tuesday.
Based on the data, over 4,000 City employees are fully vaccinated, with less than 1,600 that are not or prefer not to disclose their status.
About 51% sworn-in police officers have self reported being innoculated against COVID-19.
Nationally the vaccination rates among police officers are lower than those of the general public, per The Hill.
But wait, there's more:
66% of Long Beach Fire Department employees and 62% of Public Works employees have self-reported being vaccinated.
Nearly half of the Los Angeles Police Department remains unvaccinated and are currently dealing with a surge of cases as LAPD Chief Micheal Moore told the civilian Police Commission that the department had 33 personnel test positive for the coronavirus, according to the LA Times.
347 Long Beach city employees have stated they are not vaccinated and an additional 1,199 are listed as "Prefer not to disclose."
Read the memo heare: