Cal State Long Beach begins COVID-19 vaccinations for on-campus staff

Cal State Long Beach began vaccinating its staff on Tuesday as one of the first campuses in the California State University system to offer the COVID-19 vaccine.

The rollout, set up in a campus parking garage next to Walter Pyramid, will offer 1,170 doses this week, with more in the coming weeks as supply becomes available, said university spokesperson Gregory Woods.

The program is only for campus employees and students. It will prioritize staff and faculty who currently must work on campus, in addition to employees over age 65 or those with high-risk conditions, followed by students with high-risk conditions, athletes and those who currently live on campus or attend in-person courses.

The university has a total of 6,398 employees, including student workers.

CSU spokesperson Toni Molle said Chico State was the first in the 23-campus system to offer vaccinations or take reservations to provide vaccinations to their campus community, while Cal State Long Beach is the second.

In addition, some CSU campuses are serving as mass vaccination sites for the general public.

Last week, Long Beach City College became one of the first community colleges in the state to offer the vaccine for 500 employees who work on campus, including groundskeepers and some faculty. The college has also been supplying nursing student volunteers to work at the Long Beach Convention Center vaccination site.

The effort comes as Long Beach has partially scaled back on its COVID-19 vaccine rollout due to a statewide supply shortage. The city this month is prioritizing people for second doses but will also continue to vaccinate people 65 and older for first doses.

For more, info visit CSULB’s vaccine info page.

For more information on the city’s program and to receive notifications on vaccine eligibility visit VaxLB.

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Kelly Puente is an award-winning general assignment and special projects reporter at the Long Beach Post. She has worked as a journalist in Long Beach since 2006, covering everything from education and crime to courts and breaking news. Kelly previously worked at the Long Beach Press-Telegram and the Orange County Register before joining the Post in 2018. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in public policy and administration at Cal State Long Beach. Reach her at [email protected].