December marked the busiest month in Port of Long Beach’s 110-year history as trade jumped 23% thanks to a holiday season surge and a rush of ships making up for voyages that were canceled earlier in the year.
The city also released a timeline for other sectors, including those with underlying health conditions, with the general public expected to receive the vaccine by late April.
The city’s vaccination effort comes as California lags behind other states in a sluggish rollout hindered in part by reported technical problems with software and lack of coordination and communication on the federal level.
The December surge is a “different reality” from July surge and the region could still see hospitalizations from infections over the holiday season.
Long Beach has passed more than 40,000 COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic.
Educators, grocery store workers and emergency responders, who are also in the eligible group, will be vaccinated in the coming weeks.
Vaccines for the general public likely won’t be available until the late spring or summer.
Los trabajadores de la salud de Long Beach y los trabajadores esenciales de emergencia ahora pueden programar una cita para vacunarse en una de las clínicas de vacunación COVID-19 de la ciudad.
The city this week was expected to begin the second phase, which includes teachers, grocery workers, people over 75 and others in emergency management, with more information expected on Tuesday.
Las clínicas de vacunación del COVID-19 para ciertos grupos comenzarán la próxima semana.