LONG BEACH (CBSLA) — Starting next week, the city of Long Beach will begin vaccinating residents between the ages of 16 and 64 who have physical or developmental disabilities.
Long Beach will be one of the first jurisdictions in California to begin vaccinating people younger than 65 with disabilities.READ MORE: Armed Suspect Caught On Camera Robbing Group Of People In A West Hollywood Alley
Starting Monday, eligible residents can visit the Long Beach Convention Center between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. every day except Sunday to receive their shots.
No appointment will be necessary, but individuals must show documentation of a disability, such as a placard or a doctor’s note.
They also must provide proof that they are a resident of Long Beach with either a utility bill or a driver’s license.
The city is also working on deploying mobile vaccine clinics outside downtown Long Beach to serve people with disabilities.READ MORE: Motive Unknown After 8 Killed At Indianapolis FedEx Facility
“We are grateful to now have the ability to start vaccinating people with disabilities,” Mayor Robert Garcia said. “We are going to immediately prioritize this group for our clinics and home visits when needed.”
State officials granted Long Beach permission to begin vaccinating the demographic ahead of the March 15 statewide phase-in because of the success its Health and Human Services Department has had in vaccinating people in the current phases.
So far, the city has vaccinated over 35,000 residents and 66% of its older adult population, officials said. Overall, more than 16% of the city’s population has received a vaccine.
More information can be found at longbeach.gov or by contacting the city’s vaccine center at COVID19Vaccine@longbeach.gov or 562-570- 4636.MORE NEWS: Sheriff's Deputies Arrest Suspect After He Barricaded Himself In A Compton Residence For More Than 7 Hours
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