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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 063021-2
Residents Encouraged to Participate in Free ‘Scoop for Shots’
People getting first vaccination shot will receive coupon for a free scoop of ice cream
City of Long Beach Joint Information Center

Long Beach, CA - From today, June 30, through Labor Day, September 6, 2021, the
City of Long Beach Health and Human Services Department (Health Department) and Handel’s Ice Cream are partnering together to offer free ice cream to those receiving their first COVID-19 vaccination. The incentive aims to encourage more individuals to get vaccinated against COVID-19, including students who may be returning to in-person instruction in the fall. 

Through September 6, those who receive their first dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or single dose of Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccine through any City-operated vaccination site will receive a coupon for one free scoop of ice cream at Handel’s, located at the Long Beach Exchange (LBX), 4201 McGowen St., Suite 200. Parent/guardian consent is required for individuals under the age of 18 who are getting vaccinated.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with the Long Beach Health Department to encourage awareness around the fight against COVID-19,” said Handel’s Ice Cream of Long Beach owner Greg Flaherty. “The Health Department has informed us vaccinations are the best way to keep our schools and businesses open and provide our gateway to success and togetherness. We think that is worth celebrating with some free homemade ice cream.” 

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 Appointments are not required, but people interested in scheduling an appointment may do so by visiting the State’s vaccination portal,, or by calling the California COVID-19 Hotline at 833.422.4255.

Since the vaccine incentive program began in May, vaccination appointments have doubled. The incentive program kicked off with tickets to the Aquarium of the Pacific, with approximately 5,700 tickets distributed, and continued with Nintendo Switches, Apple Airpods and complimentary two-night stays at other local hotels. The City continues to explore various incentives and strategies to encourage all eligible residents to protect themselves and others from COVID-19 now that the State has fully reopened.

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