Long Beach health officials are moving along the city’s phased vaccination plan and food workers are the latest group to be eligible. They’re expected to start getting inoculated as soon as more appointments open up—likely next week, according to the city.
On Tuesday, the Long beach launched its mass vaccine super site at the Long Beach Convention Center capable of handling up to 3,000 people a day in cars and on foot. About 1,800 people were scheduled for appointments on the first day. The vaccine is only administered by appointment. The city is urging people to check for access through their employer first, but they can also book appointments through the city’s new online vaccination portal, VaxLB, or sign up to receive updates on when they’ll be eligible.
Who qualifies as a food worker?
From cashiers at McDonalds to stock workers at Food 4 Less, city officials say that everyone who works as an employee in the food sector is part of this upcoming category. All that is needed is proof of current employment in Long Beach, such as a recent pay stub from the past 30 days, an ID or employer letter with an official letterhead.
Even food-truck workers or venders with an official business license qualify, according to the city.
For those who work outside of Long Beach, proof of current food sector employment plus proof of residency in Long Beach, such as a piece of mail, will be required, according to city officials.
Drivers who deliver food using apps such as GrubHub, Instacart or UberEats do not fall under this category and instead will be included in the transportation group, according to city officials.
“We are very excited that food sector workers, a group who are very much on the frontline, soon will be getting vaccinated,” Health Department Director Kelly Colopy said in a statement. “The nature of their jobs puts their health at risk as they can’t work from home and may not always physically be able to distance themselves from others. Vaccinations are important to safeguard their health.”
In addition to food workers, Long Beach is vaccinating anyone 65 and older, health care workers, long term care facility residents, and government emergency response workers like police officers and paramedics.