May 22, 2022

Long Beach will give Moderna and J&J boosters; cases up by 300 this week

View Original Notice ? Long Beach will give Moderna and J&J boosters; cases up by 300 this week

The Long Beach Health Department will start administering Moderna and Johnson & Johnson booster shots on Saturday, Oct. 23, as new coronavirus cases continue to plateau, according to a city statement.

As with the Pfizer booster — which is already available in the city — the third Moderna shot will be available to eligible residents six months after their second shot.

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.

The Johnson & Johnson booster will be available to those 18 or older who are eligible and had their single dose at least two months prior, the city said.

“Our city has been doing a great job getting vaccinated, now with nearly 81% of our adults having received the COVID-19 vaccine,” said Mayor Robert Garcia in a statement. “Now, with these additional boosters available we will be able to further protect our frontline workers and other high-risk populations.”

The Health Department added that residents can mix and match booster shots, regardless of which brand they received initially. 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.

The Health Department said 56,603 Long Beach residents received both shots of Moderna by April 20, and 19,982 completed the Johnson & Johnson single dose by August 20. Most of those individuals will be eligible for boosters, the city said. Long Beach on Friday did not provide the number of people who have received the Pfizer vaccine by April 20.

To learn more about where you can schedule your COVID-19 booster shot, visit the city’s website or call 562-570-4636. Eligible residents can also check with their health care provider or a local pharmacy.

New weekly coronavirus cases, meanwhile, continue dropping.

For the four previous weeks, new cases remained under 400 and continued to tick down. This week, the city recorded 301 new cases, according to data from Thursday, Oct. 21. The city has recorded 64,858 coronavirus cases since the pandemic began.

The city also recorded 12 new deaths this week, bringing the death toll to 1,034.

Daily new cases this week averaged 9.8 per 100,000 people in Long Beach, higher than Los Angeles County overall, which had 7.8 daily cases per 100,000.

Long Beach’s 90808 ZIP code reported a seven-day average of 14.2 cases per 100,000 people. The 90814 ZIP code’s seven-day average was 2.2 cases per 100,000, the lowest average in Long Beach, representing a significant turnabout: Last week, the 90814 ZIP code reported the highest seven-day average with 12.3 cases per 100,000 people.

Hospitalizations decreased by nine, according to city data, from 45 to 42.

The number of vaccinated residents in Long Beach, meanwhile, continues to inch up slowly. But that may increase as local vaccine mandates continue to pass, like the one at Long Beach City College.

Long Beach adults — those at least 18 years old — were vaccinated at a rate of 80.9%, as of Thursday, up slightly from 80.5% last week. And 69.1% of children from 12 to 17 years old have gotten the shot, up from 68.3% last week.

Those 18 to 34, though, continue having the lowest vaccination rate among adult age groups, at 65% as of Thursday. Last week, adults in that age range were vaccinated at a 64.4% rate.

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