Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) is now offering COVID-19 vaccine boosters to all people 18 years old and older.
“The vaccine remains our absolute best defense against a possible COVID-19 surge over the winter,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “Now that all adults are able to receive a booster when their vaccine-timing makes them eligible, everyone must be vigilant and ready to get it. Our city stands ready to meet the demand with clinics open six days a week across Long Beach.”
Although the Health Department has observed a 22.5% increase in infections following Halloween, hospitalizations and deaths have declined thanks in large part to the life-saving vaccines, which allow residents to more safely interact at work, among friends and in the community.
As the sun sets earlier and the weather cools, more gatherings and activities will take place indoors, where COVID-19 spreads more easily. Studies have shown that vaccine effectiveness can begin to wane after six months and getting a booster will provide added immunity during the busy holiday season and beyond.
“It is essential that people get vaccinated and boosted as soon as possible,” said City Health Officer Dr. Anissa Davis. “We urge everyone to do their part to prevent a possible winter surge in COVID-19 cases.”
All adults seeking boosters must have received the Johnson & Johnson single dose vaccine at least two months ago or finished their two-dose Moderna or Pfizer vaccination series at least six months ago.
COVID-19 boosters are available at the following City-run vaccine sites:
- Houghton Park (6301 N. Myrtle Ave.) from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Wednesdays, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays (closed 12/1)
- CSULB (1250 Bellflower Blvd., near the bookstore) from noon to 3 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays (closed 11/22, 11/24 and 12/1)
- Long Beach City College Pacific Coast Campus (Orange Avenue at Pacific Coast Highway) from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays (12/1 morning clinic closed)
- Long Beach City College Veterans Stadium (5000 E. Lew Davis St.) Wednesdays from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. (12/1 3 p.m.- 6 p.m.)
- Main Health (2525 Grand Ave.) from 9 a.m. to noon and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays
- Cabrillo High School (2001 Santa Fe Ave.) from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays
Appointments for vaccines and boosters are strongly suggested. People may visit myturn.ca.gov or call 562.570.4636 to make an appointment.
For the latest information on COVID-19, with details on all that the City of Long Beach is doing to keep our residents safe, visit longbeach.gov/COVID19 and follow @LBHealthDept on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.