LONG BEACH (CBSLA) — The city of Long Beach announced Thursday that residents 16 years old and older can now get COVID-19 vaccinations on a walk-up basis at the Long Beach Convention Center.
According to Mayor Robert Garcia, city residents can get the shots beginning Thursday and continuing Mondays through Saturdays at the convention center.READ MORE: California Focusing On Urgent Projects As Wildfire Season Looms
Garcia said if the site runs out of doses, people will be immediately scheduled for a return appointment, Garcia said.
On April 15, California residents age 16 and up will be able to receive vaccinations statewide. Garcia said that online appointments for people in that eligibility bracket will not begin until that date.READ MORE: Future Of Hollywood's Cinerama Dome Still In Question
The walk-up vaccinations put Long Beach, which has its own municipal health department, ahead of other parts of the county.
In Los Angeles County, eligibility for residents 16 and older will not change until April 15.
On Wednesday, L.A. County Public Health Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer said over 5 million people in the county are already eligible for shots, and many have not yet received even a first dose.MORE NEWS: Paul Flores, Father Arrested In 1996 Disappearance Of Kristin Smart
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