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A.M. Brief: Long Beach Nears Milestone in Vaccinating District Educators

March 5, 2021 by Brian Champlin
Palm Trees Beverly Blvd
Palm trees on Beverly Blvd. Photo credit: Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

Long Beach Unified is close to offering vaccines to all of its teachers and staff. The Rose Bowl Parade confirms it’s coming back for 2022. A Beverly Hills restaurant becomes the stage for a violent robbery. And finally, will we all be showing QR codes to verify we’ve been vaccinated? It’s Friday. This is your news brief. Take it!

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The City of Long Beach has made rapid progress in vaccinating teachers and staff in the city’s school district. It now projects that by Saturday, all of the roughly 12,000 LBUSD employees will have been offered a chance at vaccination. Officials say they plan to reopen district elementary schools on March 29, while middle schools and high schools could reopen in April. [LB Post]

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Organizers of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade say the signature event is confirmed to be back for 2022. The 2021 parade was canceled due to COVID-19 restrictions. [LA Mag]

Nine great apes at the San Diego Zoo have received an experimental COVID-19 vaccine. The four orangutans and five bonobos who got shots are the first non-human primates to be vaccinated for the coronavirus. [L.A. Times]

On Thursday afternoon, Il Pastaio in Beverly Hills was the site of a brazen robbery attempt that left patrons startled and one woman shot in the leg. Three male suspects fled the scene and remain at large. [Variety]

Will you soon need a vaccine passport to attend local events or go to the gym? The United States government hasn’t taken a firm stance one way or the other, but digital vaccine certification may become a hot debate once the county moves further along in distribution and as more businesses reopen. [LAist]

Today and tomorrow, Dodger Stadium will host a Live Aid-esque “Rock ‘N’ Relief” concert to raise money for mobile vaccination programs designed to reach vulnerable and underserved populations. The lineup includes the Foo Fighters, Sheryl Crow, Carly Simon, DeadMau5, and Miguel. The concert will be streamed live on Twitch. [ABC 7]

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