They weren’t old, they weren’t educators or health or food workers. But if the city was dishing out vaccinations, sure, why not get one?
California’s public schools could get $6.6 billion from the state Legislature if they return to in-person instruction by the end of March, according to a new agreement announced Monday between Gov. Gavin Newsom and the state’s legislative leaders.
While the city has won wide praise for its aggressive vaccination program, its vaccination decisions also have led to accusations of politicking, favoritism and exclusion of groups who play a big part in the city’s ability to function.
About 60% of older Long Beach residents have received at least one dose.
The vaccine, still in the final federal approval process, has fewer handling restrictions than the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines now being used.
Total hospitalizations in the county, meanwhile, fell below 2,000 on Wednesday for the first time since late December.
School districts in California’s richest neighborhoods are far more likely to offer in-person instruction than those serving its poorest, though the state as a whole remains behind the rest of the country in bringing students back inside physical classrooms, according to a CalMatters analysis of state data.
The rate of new COVID-19 cases in Los Angeles County fell far enough today to allow for a resumption of youth competition in sports such as football, soccer and water polo, but with many schools still closed due to the pandemic, it was unclear when student-athletes will return to action.
“Grocery and drug retail employees have continued to report to work and serve our communities, despite the ongoing hazards and dangers of being exposed to COVID-19.”
Long Beach reported 14.8 cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 residents, well below a high of 158 reported on Jan. 15.