May 22, 2022

Long Beach adds new booster shot clinics; new cases still tick down

View Original Notice ? Long Beach adds new booster shot clinics; new cases still tick down

Now that coronavirus booster shots have been approved across all three brands, the Long Beach Health Department will open up new vaccine clinics for eligible residents. The move was announced ass new coronavirus cases continued ticking down in Long Beach this week.

The new drive-up vaccine clinic will take place at the Long Beach Health Department’s main facility, 2525 Grand Ave., a Friday, Oct. 29, city statement said.

The clinic will operate from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for three consecutive Fridays beginning next week and ending Nov. 19.

The Pfizer and Moderna boosters are available for eligible residents six months after their second shot. Those 18 and older who received the Johnson & Johnson shot can get their booster two months after their single dose.

Those who are eligible to receive a booster include:

  • Those at least 65 years old.
  • Residents of long-term care facilities.
  • Individuals 18 to 64 years old with underlying medical conditions.
  • People ages 50 to 64 with underlying medical conditions or at increased risk of social inequities.
  • Adults who work high-risk jobs, such as healthcare workers, first responders, teachers and daycare staff, grocery employees, and staffers in homeless shelters or prisons.

Residents can mix and match booster shots, regardless of which brand they received initially, the city added. Anyone who qualifies for a booster can receive the Moderna vaccine as a half dose, or a full dose of Pfizer or Johnson & Johnson.

The timing of the booster, whether it’s two months or six months, depends on the original vaccine administered, the city said.

To learn more about where you can schedule your COVID-19 booster shot, visit the city’s longbeach.gov/vaxlb website or call 562-570-4636. You can also make an appointment at the state’s website, myturn.ca.gov, or you can check with your health care provider or a local pharmacy.

Those who cannot travel to vaccination sites can visit the Health Department’s website to learn about the city’s mobile vaccination service, where a health team travels to you.

As the city strives to get booster shots in arms, new coronavirus cases continue to decline.

This week, Long Beach reported 283 new cases as Thursday, Oct. 28, city data showed. New cases in Long Beach have steadily declined over the last month.

In total, the city has recorded 65,141 coronavirus cases since the pandemic began. This week, the city recorded four new deaths, bringing the death toll to 1,038.

Daily new cases this week averaged 8.6 per 100,000 people in Long Beach, lower than Los Angeles County overall, which had 8.8 daily cases per 100,000 as of Thursday.

Long Beach’s 90803 ZIP code reported a seven-day average of 12 cases per 100,000 people, the highest in the city. The 90810 ZIP code’s seven-day average was 4.6 cases per 100,000, the lowest average in Long Beach.

Hospitalizations, however, increased from 42 to 57. That’s 15 new hospitalizations in Long Beach-area hospitals, bucking a downward trend.

The number of vaccinated residents, meanwhile, has continued increasing — albeit slowly. In total, 315,830 residents have been vaccinated, city health data from Thursday showed.

Long Beach adults — those at least 18 years old — were vaccinated at a rate of 81.4%, as of Thursday, up slightly from 80.9% last week. And 69.7% of children from 12 to 17 years old have gotten the shot, up from 69.1% last week.

Those 18 to 34 continue having the lowest vaccination rate among adult age groups; 65.5% of that group had been vaccinated as of Thursday. Last week, adults in that age range were vaccinated at a 65% rate.

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