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Why Is Long Beach Vaccinating People Faster Than Other SoCal Cities?

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Most California health departments are still working to get vaccinations to seniors and health workers, but Long Beach has moved on to the next phase. that includes educators, child care workers, police, firefighters and food service workers.

Why? Well, the city has its own health department and was able to adopt a different, speedier strategy than Los Angeles County. Long Beach officials chose to give as many people as possible the first of two rounds of shots rather than hold back vaccine supplies for that second dose.

Mayor Robert Garcia said he took a gamble that there would be enough doses for a second shot, but "it was riskier to have waited".

So far the supply has been sufficient, he said.

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