PRESS RELEASE

City of Long Beach 
Public Information Office
411 W. Ocean Blvd, 
Long Beach, CA 90802

7/30/2021
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 073021
Subject:
COVID-19 Vaccinations Should Top Back-to-School Lists as Students Return to In-Person Learning
Vaccines available now for youth ages 12 and older and college students
Contact:
City of Long Beach Joint Information Center
562.570.NEWS
jic@longbeach.gov





Long Beach, CA - The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) is reminding parents and students that, for youth ages 12 and older, the time to vaccinate against COVID-19 is now as school prepares to resume in person. College students are also urged to get vaccinated before the start of the fall semester.

“Vaccinating students against COVID-19 will keep our younger residents – and everyone around them – safe,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “With the spread of the Delta variant, there’s a critical need for everyone with children ages 12 and older to consider getting their child vaccinated as soon as possible as part of their back-to-school planning.”

Currently, just 44.7% of people ages 12 to 17 are vaccinated against COVID-19 in Long Beach, representing the lowest percentage of vaccinations among eligible age groups. By comparison, the vaccination rate among people ages 12 and older in Long Beach is 69.3%. For adults, the rate is 72.4%; and for those who are age 65 and up, the rate is 99%.

Individuals ages 12 and older are urged to get vaccinated. Those ages 12 to 17 are eligible to receive only the two-dose Pfizer vaccine. Students ages 18 and older can choose either a one-dose vaccine or two-dose vaccine. Children younger than 12 are not yet eligible for any type of COVID-19 vaccine. 

“The fall semester is right around the corner, and the vaccination figures for eligible young people is not where we want it to be,” said City Health Officer Dr. Anissa Davis. “We need to get more people ages 12 to 17 vaccinated as the most effective way to prevent the spread of this deadly virus. Vaccines are safe, effective and save lives.”

Minors must have a signed consent form from a parent or guardian prior to vaccination. Consent can be given when making an appointment on the State’s vaccination portal, MyTurn.ca.gov or the form can be printed and signed and brought to the vaccination site. The City is continuing to encourage community members to get the COVID-19 vaccine, particularly as the Health Department has discovered that the Delta variant of the COVID-19 virus is present in Long Beach and is of grave concern to unvaccinated individuals. There are a variety of ways eligible people can receive vaccines in Long Beach. For information about the City’s vaccination locations and hours of operation, visit longbeach.gov/vaxlb. Appointments are not required, but people interested in scheduling an appointment may do so by visiting MyTurn or by calling the City’s COVID-19 Information Line at 562.570.INFO (4636). 

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 @LongBeachCity on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. People may also visit longbeach.gov/COVID19data for up-to-date information regarding cases and vaccines in Long Beach.

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