Long Beach deploying mobile vaccine clinics to three parks in hardest hit areas of the city

Long Beach has launched three new mobile clinics that will be deployed to parks in parts of the city that have been hardest hit during the COVID-19 pandemic as it tries to increase vaccination rates in those neighborhoods, the city announced Friday.

The clinics will be available to all Long Beach residents 16 and older on a walk-up basis, depending on vaccine supply.

Availability of vaccines in the city could be boosted by an announcement from the Centers for Disease Control and the Federal Drug Administration on Friday that the two agencies were lifting their recommended pause of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine after its use was abruptly stopped earlier this month in multiple states.

The city has not announced if it will continue use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

The three parks are in ZIP codes that have accounted for nearly half of the city’s 52,777 positive tests since the pandemic started last March. The three ZIP codes also have some the three lowest vaccination rates of any of the 11 ZIP codes in the city.

The 90813 ZIP code that includes MacArthur Park and Cambodia Town has just 27.8% of its residents vaccinated, according to city data.

“Our mobile clinics allow us to bring the vaccine out and into the community, especially to areas most impacted by the pandemic,” Mayor Robert Garcia said in a statement. “These additional mobile vaccination clinics are one of the many ways we are ensuring equitable vaccine distribution here in Long Beach.”

The city has administered over 283,000 vaccines including 111,380 second doses. Over 53% of the city’s eligible population had received at least one dose as of Thursday, the last day that city data was available for vaccines.

For residents who want to be vaccinated but can’t make it to the mobile clinic sites, the city still is offering scheduled appointments through the state’s MyTurn website or by calling 833-422-4255.

The Long Beach Convention Center is also taking walkup appointments from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Saturday. That site has approximately 500 doses available per day for walk-ups.

Here are the days and times that the mobile clinic will be on site:

  • Admiral Kidd will have a mobile clinic on Mondays from 3 to 5 p.m. and on Thursdays from 9 to 11 a.m.. Admiral Kidd is at 2125 Santa Fe Ave. Long Beach, 90810
  • MacArthur Park will host the clinic on Tuesdays from 3 to 5 p.m. and on Fridays from 9 to 11 a.m.. MacArthur Park is at 1321 E. Anaheim St. Long Beach, 90813
  •  Houghton Park in North Long Beach will have the clinic on Wednesdays from 3 to 5 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9 to 11 a.m. Houghton Park is at 6301 Myrtle St. Long Beach, 90805

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Jason Ruiz covers City Hall and politics for the Long Beach Post.