California is turning to massive venues, including Disneyland and Dodger Stadium, to step up COVID-19 vaccinations across the state.
On Monday evening, officials in Orange County said Disneyland Resort in Anaheim will be transformed into a vaccination site for people in the county.
“The Disneyland Resort, the largest employer in the heart of Orange County, has stepped up to host the county’s first Super POD site – undertaking a monumental task in our vaccination distribution process,” acting Orange County Chairman Andrew Do, First District, said in a statement.
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Disneyland will be one of five “Super POD” sites across the state where thousands of residents can be vaccinated per day.
Earlier in the day, California Gov. Gavin Newsom said Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles County will also be used to speed up vaccinations.
“The current strategy is not going to get us to where we need to go as quickly as we all need to go, and so that’s why we’re speeding up the administration, not just for priority groups, but also now opening up large sites to do so, meaning Dodger Stadium, Padres Stadium, Cal Expo, these large mass vaccination sites,” Newsom said in his coronavirus briefing.
NEW: CA will be opening mass vaccination sites this week including Dodgers Stadium, Padres Stadium, and CalExpo.
Our goal continues to be fast, equitable, and safe vaccinations statewide.
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) January 11, 2021
Dodger Stadium is expected to open for vaccinations by Friday. The stadium will have the capacity to vaccinate 12,000 people a day once it becomes fully operational.
California has emerged as one of the hardest-hit states due to ongoing spikes in deaths and confirmed coronavirus cases.
Despite ramping up its efforts for mass vaccination sites, California is still far behind where it needs to be. The state’s rollout is considered one of the slowest in the nation according to a COVID-19 vaccine tracker maintained by Bloomberg News.