South Bay teachers to receive vaccinations next week at BCHD’s AdventurePlex in Manhattan Beach

by Kevin Cody Approximately 1,200 teachers at 11 South Bay public school districts will receive Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccination shots next Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday at AdventurePlex, in Manhattan Beach. AdventurePlex is a children’s play facility owned by the Beach Cities Health District, which is coordinating administration of the vaccinations. Volunteer medical professionals and fire fighters will administer the vaccination shots on the play facility’s indoor  basketball court. Los Angeles County is allotting 1,280 doses of the vaccine to the…

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By Richard Foss

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