calls to add the dockworkers at the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles to the
priority groups for the COVID-19 vaccine, California authorities agreed and
released the first batch of vaccines for the frontline workers who are ensuring
that cargo continues to flow through the ports. Despite the shortage of the
vaccine that has forced some of California’s mass vaccination locations to
suspend operations, Long Beach was able to allocate vaccines to people who work
at the ports starting on February 12.
The Long Beach
Department of Health and Human Services confirmed that it organized the clinic
supplying 800 doses of the Moderna vaccine for the port workers.
The Los Angeles City Council calling on the mayor to vaccine the
union, and port executives had joined together calling on the state to include
dockworkers in the list of frontline employees to ensure they could receive the
vaccinations as the earliest possible date. The Los Angeles City Council had
also approved a resolution calling on the mayor to vaccine the dockworkers.
Los Angeles calling on the federal government to increase distribution
to the hard-hit areas
Los Angeles health
officials were sympathetic to the concerns acknowledging reports of community
spread of the virus within the ports and its potential impact operations. They
also acknowledge the essential nature of the work performed by the port
employees to maintain commerce across the region, but their hands were largely
tied by the state that prioritized groups for vaccinations. Further, after
having experienced a surge in the virus in recent weeks, Los Angeles, like most
parts of the U.S., was facing a shortage of the vaccine calling on the federal
government to increase distribution to the hard-hit areas.