Former Long Beach Mayor Beverly O’Neill, 90, to kick off mass vaccinations for people over 75

Beginning this Saturday, Long Bach will vaccinate residents over 75 starting with its 90-year-old former mayor Beverly O’Neill.

Shots for residents over 75 begins the city’s Phase 1B of the vaccine rollout. Educators, food sector employees and emergency responders, who are also in the eligible group, will be vaccinated in the coming weeks.

More information will be available later this week.

“Our older residents are among the folks most at-risk for severe illness from COVID-19, and I’m so glad we’ll soon be able to vaccinate older adults,” Mayor Robert Garcia said in a statement. “We are moving aggressively to vaccinate all of our vulnerable seniors.”

Older adults are also being vaccinated in the city’s long-term care facilities through a partnership with the federal government and local pharmacies.

Prior to making an appointment through the city vaccine clinics, people should first contact their healthcare provider for vaccine availability. Large medical providers have direct access to the vaccine. Individuals with additional questions may call 562-570-INFO (4636), option 6, or email [email protected].

For those who are unable to be vaccinated through their medical provider, vaccination clinics for people aged 75 and older will continue every Saturday until the needs are met.

Eligible residents will be asked to provide their birth date and proof of Long Beach residency, such as a utility bill or drivers license; however, the city will vaccinate all residents aged 75 and older, including those who are undocumented or otherwise lack identification.

Appointments will be required, and those who arrive without appointments will be turned away. Those aged 65-74 will be eligible for vaccines at the city’s vaccine clinics beginning Saturday, Jan. 23.

Additional details about the city’s vaccine rollout plan are available on the city’s website.

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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].