The city will end its drive-through vaccination operation at the Long Beach Convention Center on July 17, but will still accommodate walkups and will offer 11 mobile clinic operations throughout the city.
The changes to the city’s COVID-19 vaccination efforts come as fewer people are showing up to get the shots. Roughly 66% of the population over 12 has received either one- or two-shot versions of the vaccine.
The city is hoping to vaccinate more of the population, particularly as cases tick up slightly and the delta variant of COVID-19—which is more potent and contagious—becomes more prevalent.
The vaccination site at the Long Beach Convention Center opened in January and served as the central hub of efforts to inoculate as many people as possible. At one point this spring, so many people came for vaccinations that cars snaked in a line throughout the Downtown area.
The changes announced by the city on Friday include:
The city will open a new, centrally located clinic at the Long Beach Community College Pacific Coast College, Parking Lot 1, at the corner of Orange Avenue and Pacific Coast Highway. The site will now open five days a week, with new daytime and existing evening hours Mondays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m.
Additionally, four park vaccination sites will be offered on a continual basis to the community:
- Seaside Park (1401 Chestnut Ave.), Mondays beginning July 12, 10 a.m. to noon.
- MacArthur Park (1321 E. Anaheim St.), Tuesdays, 1 to 5 p.m. and Fridays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Admiral Kidd Park (2125 Santa Fe Ave.), Mondays, 1 to 5 p.m. and Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Houghton Park (6301 Myrtle Ave.), Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Wednesdays, 1 to 5 p.m.
Cabrillo High School (2001 Santa Fe Ave.) will continue to serve the public on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Mobile clinics in July
The city will be offering several new mobile vaccination clinic options through the month of July as follows:
- Granada Beach (5000 E. Ocean Blvd.), Tuesdays, 1 to 3 p.m. and Fridays, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
- Second Street (5200 2nd St.), Wednesdays, 5 to 7 p.m.
- McDonald’s (2599 Long Beach Blvd.), Tuesday, July 6, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Heartwell Park (5801 E. Parkcrest St.), Wednesdays, July 7 and July 28, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and Thursday, July 15, 1 to 3 p.m.
- Junipero Beach (1 Junipero Ave.), Saturdays, July 10 and July 31, 9:30 a.m. to noon.
- St. Lucy’s Catholic Church (2301 Santa Fe Ave.), Sunday, July 11, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
- El Dorado Park West – Good Neighbor Park (2800 N. Studebaker Rd.), Wednesday, July 14, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
- Recreation Park (4900 E. Seventh St.), Saturday, July 17, 9:30 a.m. to noon.
- Colorado Lagoon (5200 E. Eliot St.), Wednesday, July 21, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and Thursdays, July 8 and July 29, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
- Belmont Pool (4320 E. Olympic Plaza), Saturday, July 24, 9:30 a.m. to noon.
Effective immediately, the city will discontinue the mobile vaccination clinics at Grant Elementary School and Washington Middle School.
For information, visit longbeach.gov/vaxlb.
Editor’s note: This story was updated to correct the location of the July 14 mobile clinic.
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