PODCAST: Public opinion on the possibility of a vaccine passport

This week on the Word on Long Beach we talk to city residents to get their perspective on the possibility of a vaccine passport. We also visit a new pilot program with the Long Beach Police Department designed to prevent lethal force.

:42 On August 24, 2021 the Long Beach Health Department gave an overview of where we stand as a city in a meeting with the City Council. During that meeting, the council was advised that while the number of vaccinated residents is increasing, hospitalizations and deaths are also rising.

With this in mind, we ask people in Downtown Long Beach how they feel about the possibility of a vaccine passport that would require patrons to be fully vaccinated to enter certain businesses. We share their thoughts.

10:47 Long Beach Post Reporter and Editor Anthony Pignataro discusses a move by the Long Beach police and fire departments to administer a sedative instead of using force on potentially violent or combative suspects. There is controversy surrounding the policy and Pignataro explains why the city is testing the controversial practice.

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Jackie Rae is a multimedia reporter for the Long Beach Post who joined in May 2021.