Long Beach has tried giving away aquarium tickets, cheeseburgers and gaming systems to entice more residents to get vaccinated, but now a community group is taking a new approach by offering free joints for people who may still be holding out on getting a COVID-19 vaccine.
Prior to this week, COVID-19 vaccines have only been allowed to be administered to residents 16 and older, but now the Pfizer vaccine can be given to people as young as 12.
The tickets will be available to anyone getting vaccinated at city-run sites between May 11 and May 15 and will be given to anyone receiving a first dose.
The number of coronavirus patients in county hospitals dropped from 444 Saturday to 407, according to state figures, while the number of those patients in intensive care rose from 101 to 103.
The mobile clinics will be sent to Admiral Kidd Park, MacArthur Park and Houghton Park twice a week for two hour intervals where the city hopes to administer as many as 200 shots per day, per site, according to the city’s announcement.
When transitioning to a state-run appointment system this week, someone entered the wrong number of available vaccine doses, meaning too many slots were made available.
An error in the state’s MyTurn system led to an overbooking of vaccination appointments on Monday, according to city staff.