The Long Beach Health Department has already allowed dockworkers to book roughly 1,000 appointments for the vaccine, putting them in a rare class of professions like teachers, firefighters and health care workers with access to the shots.
The decision announced this week to wait to open elementary campuses comes as the city, along with other health departments across the country, is struggling to secure enough vaccine for those whom scientists have deemed most vulnerable.
Long Beach has now given roughly 60,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to residents who qualify, and officials on Thursday implored residents to sign up when it’s their turn and be patient with the process.
“Shockingly, Black residents have received only 3.5% of all administered doses, highlighting a glaring inadequacy in the vaccine rollout to date,” Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said.
One of the reasons for the inequity is that fact that people over 65 have been prioritized because they are more likely to fall ill and die from the virus, even though they contract COVID at lower rates.
Otros servicios, incluyendo los salones de belleza y uñas, pueden abrir el lunes en el condado de Los Ángeles y el martes en Long Beach, con un 25% de capacidad.
Other services, including hair and nail salons, can open Monday in Los Angeles County, and on Tuesday in Long Beach, with 25% capacity.
Long Beach officials have not responded to questions about whether they’ll follow suit. The city has its own health department, but it has aligned with the county on most decisions.
The unprecedented violence in Washington, D.C., began when thousands of supporters of President Donald Trump gathered near the Capitol building and White House to assert, falsely, that Trump won the November election.
The county may be on its way to reporting 1,000 deaths per week given the current surge, health officials said.