Organization to host COVID-19 vaccination clinic Wednesday morning near Downtown

A local organization will be hosting a COVID-19 vaccination pop-up for those 50 and older on a first-come, first-served basis Wednesday morning near Downtown Long Beach, organizers said.

The Central Neighborhood Health Foundation, a network of health centers, is sponsoring an event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 7, at the Lutheran Social Services of Southern California, 1611 Pine Ave.

The LSS usually has food pantries during the week at its site, so the health foundation asked LSS if it could host a pop-up, said Wendy Rubio of LSS. Wednesday’s vaccinations will function as a test run for reaching individuals who use the food pantries and is intended for that population, Rubio said.

This pop-up will help the organization prepare for a more organized event scheduled for April 15, she said, where the vaccines will be open to those either 16 or 18 or older, depending on the vaccine. Both Wednesday’s and April 15’s events will be held outdoors as a walk-through vaccine, she said. No parking will be available on site.

The Central Neighborhood Health Foundation is a federally qualified distributor that is getting its own allotment of vaccines, Raymond Morquecho, chief of staff for Councilwoman Mary Zendejas, said via email.

Those interested in getting a vaccine are asked to RSVP for the event by calling Rubio at 562-599-1321 ext. 1029. Anyone not part of the usual food pantry can ask more about other vaccine opportunities at one of the health foundation’s sites, the Carmelitos clinic in North Long Beach, at 711 E. Via Wanda Ave. by calling 562-380-1692.

LSS staff said that the vaccines will likely be the Johnson & Johnson one-dose shots. If the vaccines are two-dose shots, they will coordinate to figure out scheduling for the second doses.

For now, Rubio said she’s been asking people to bring their medical insurance or identification cards, but she did not say that they are requirements.

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Crystal Niebla is the West Long Beach reporter through the Report for America program. Philanthropic organizations pledged to cover the local donor portion of her grant-funded position with the Post. If you want to support Crystal's work, you can donate to her Report For America position at lbpost.com/support.
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