LONG BEACH — The city of Long Beach will offer free flu shots at a pair of locations starting next month for people who don’t have insurance or whose health providers don’t offer the vaccinations.
“It’s especially important for all residents to get vaccinated ahead of the upcoming flu season this year,” Mayor Robert Garcia said in a statement. “We must all do our part to protect ourselves and each other from both the flu and COVID-19.”
The free shots will be offered beginning Oct. 1 at Long Beach City College Veterans’ Stadium, 5000 E. Lew Davis St. The clinic will operate from 3 to 6 p.m. every Thursday through Nov. 21.
The clinic will operate on a drive-through basis, allowing people aged 12 and older to receive the vaccination while remaining in the vehicle. Families with children under 12 will be directed to a walk-up area.
A second clinic will operate from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays at Cabrillo High School, 2001 Santa Fe Ave., also through Nov. 21, or while supplies last.
Health officials recommend that everyone aged 6 months and older be vaccinated for the flu annually. The shots are especially recommended for infants, people aged 60 and older, pregnant women, caregivers of seniors or infants, and people with chronic medical conditions, such as heart conditions or diabetes.
“The flu is not something to take lightly,” City Health Officer Dr. Anissa Davis said. “Even though most people who get the flu will recover fully with minimal medical intervention, others will experience severe illness or death. This year, with the dual threat of COVID-19, it’s especially important that everyone who can get vaccinated does so.”