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By THEIR Numbers: LA County & Long Beach Vax Rates Compared



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(Revised March 8 from March 7, 2021 initial) -- LBREPORT.com reports below officially released figures by L.A. County and the City of Long Beach on their rspective vaccintion rates.

As of March 4, LA County indicated it had administered 2,415,460 doses, of whom 814,593 have received second doses. The CA Dept of Finance's Report E-1 (latest updated population estimate used by state agencies) indicates LA County's population as of Jan. 1, 2020 was 10.172 million The L.A. County data display is ambiguous; but if the 2,415 million total includes the 814k second doses, it means 1.6 million were first doses and 814,593 were second doses, (LA County media reps were unavailable to respond to a telephone inquiry by us seeking to clarify this.) Based on this calculation, roughly 15.7% of LA County's population got a first shot. County second doses administered amount to 8.0% of the County population (LA County Health Dept. figures don't include Long Beach and Pasadena.)

As of March 6. Long Beach's COVID-19 dashboard indicates vaccinations administered in the City of Long Beach (to residents and non residents) were 79,329 (first dose), 43,143 (second dose) with 9,863 "committed to second dose." The CA Dept of Finance Report E-1 says LB's Jan.. 1, 2020 population was 472,217. The 79,329 total doses the City of LB says it has administered (incl. residents and non-residents) is 16.79% of LB's population. 43,143 second doses that the City of LB says it has administered is 9.1% of LB's population.

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The City of Long Beach has misrepresented to media outlets the number of vaccinations administered. On Friday March 5, the City of LB issued a media release announcing that the "City received permission from the State of California" [no supportive documents attached] to begin vaccinating residents ages 16 to 64 with physical or developmental disabilities "ahead of the March 15 rollout planned statewide due to the Health and Human Services Departmentís success in vaccinating people in the current available phases," The City release states that "more than 16% of the total population in Long Beach has been vaccinated,"

That figure is visibly false, The City's COVID-19 dashboard (cited above) shows roughly 16% of LB's population (residents + non-residents) has only been PARTIALLY vaccinated (received first shots). Roughly 9.1% of LB's population has received both doses (fully vaccinated) needed for full immunity,

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The City release compounds the inaccuracy by stating that "the number [16%] that rises to over 20% when looking only at Long Beach residents "old enough to receive the vaccine." The City doesn't mention that both the 16% and 20% are only partial vaccinations AND include non-residents.(without saying how many, a figure we presume the City knows.)

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LBREPORT.com notes that LA County's overall vaccination rate reflects a wide disparity between the County's affluent and working class areas. A large segment of Central LA County working class and minority neighborhoods has a vaccination rate of under 9.9% while parts of affluent WLA and western County suburbs have over 21% vaccination rates. The "overall" L.A. County figure is a homogenized version of areas between these two extremes.

Long Beach also has a vaccination disparity and it's more extreme: from 27.1% of population vaccinated in zip code 90803 to 9% in 90813. LB's overall vaccination figures are a similarly homogenized version between these extremes.

This story reflects a significant numerical revision from our initial version (which included LA County second shots in the County's total displayed doses,) An LBREPORT.com reader called this into question and on consideration we believe may be right; the total doses displayed by L.A. County aren't 1st doses but include second doses administered. An L County Health Dept, media reps were unavailable to field our telephone inquiry on this matter.

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