Walk-up vaccine appointments now available until 5 p.m. on weekdays at Convention Center

Long Beach is doubling the hours of operation for walk-up vaccinations at the Long Beach Convention Center with the window now closing at 5 p.m. during the week, according to an announcement from the city Wednesday morning.

The previous time slots ran from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday, but now the city will hold open the walk-up line until 5 p.m. on weekdays and offer walk-up vaccinations from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays. The changes will apply to people who walk or drive up to the Convention Center.

Vaccinations are available to residents 16 and older with the city recently expanding access at Long Beach sites to Signal Hill residents. As of Tuesday the city had administered nearly 290,000 vaccine doses.

“We continue to see tremendous growth in our vaccination numbers,” Mayor Robert Garcia said in a statement. “By increasing non-appointment availability options and making it even easier to receive vaccine, we hope to see those numbers go up even more.”

It’s unclear if the city is setting aside more doses for walk-ups but it previously had been saving about 500 shots per day for those without appointments.

The announcement from the city did not specify if Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson, which was recently cleared for resumed use, would be offered at the Convention Center.

There are still options to be vaccinated for residents who can’t make it Downtown.

Earlier this month the city announced it was deploying three mobile vaccine clinics to hard-hit areas of the city in north, west and central Long Beach. There are also other clinics being hosted throughout the city with two events in East Long Beach Friday, including one at Community Hospital Long Beach.

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Jason Ruiz covers City Hall and politics for the Long Beach Post.