Here’s why there’s a giant line of cars on PCH near the LBCC campus

A vaccine clinic for health care workers has caused a bit of a traffic jam on Pacific Coast Highway this week, with cars wrapping around the Long Beach City College Pacific Coast Campus.

After weeks of going to fire stations, hospitals and city testing sites to vaccinate qualifying workers, the vaccine clinic for health care workers started Monday at the campus. The clinic will continue through the end of the week between the hours of 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Officials recommend that those who don’t have appointments for a vaccine to avoid the area.

“Each car length is one person being vaccinated,” which is why the lines are so long, said city spokeswoman Jennifer Rice Epstein. Cars wrapped around the campus, down Orange Avenue, snaked onto PCH all the way to Walnut Avenue on Monday and did the same Tuesday afternoon.

Epstein said the city could administer up to a thousand vaccines today, but won’t have the actual numbers until later this week.

She urged residents not to try to get a vaccine if they don’t have an appointment.

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Valerie Osier is the Social Media & Newsletter Manager for the Long Beach Post. She started at the Post in 2018 as a breaking news reporter. She’s a Riverside native who found her love for journalism while at community college. She graduated from the Cal State Long Beach journalism program in 2017 and covered the Palos Verdes Peninsula for the Daily Breeze prior to coming to the Post. She lives in Long Beach with her husband and two cats.