Story at a glance
- California officials will turn athletic and entertainment sites into COVID-19 vaccination hubs.
- The state recently reported its deadliest day for fatalities associated with COVID-19.
As California continues to grapple with rising COVID-19 infections and accompanying hospitalizations, state officials are working to transform sporting and entertainment stadiums into vaccination centers.
The Associated Press reports Tuesday that popular public sites in The Golden State, such as the Los Angeles Dodgers Stadium and the parking lot of the Disneyland Resort, will be converted into large scale vaccination sites as the state struggles to contain the pandemic. Petco Park in San Diego and CalExpo Fairgrounds in Sacramento will also be converted.
Speaking to reporters, Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) said it would be an "all-hands-on-deck" approach. The state’s goal is to mitigate outbreaks of new cases through widespread vaccinations.
This strategy will demand a faster deployment of available vaccines, something Newsom acknowledged needed to be addressed. The state’s goal will be to administer 1 million shots over the course of the upcoming week.
Vaccines will also be made available through other sources. Pharmacies, dentists, paramedics and other medical professionals, along with the California National Guard, will be helping dispense vaccine doses.
The first rounds of vaccinations in the locations began on Monday.
“It’s kind of like a Disneyland ride” Heather Buschman, a spokeswoman for UC San Diego Health, said of cars receiving vaccinations. Buschman is working with the medical staff to help inoculate passengers in their cars.
Speeding up statewide vaccinations comes at a pivotal time for California. On Jan. 10, the state recorded 39,839 new cases in a single day, a 1.5 percent uptick from the previous day, per state health department data.