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- The facilities will be staffed primarily by federal employees.
- The pilot program is part of the Biden administration’s effort to set up 100 federal vaccination sites across the country.
- Preparation of the two locations is underway, and the sites are slated to open to eligible members of the public on Feb. 16.
The federal government is partnering with the state of California to open COVID-19 community vaccination sites in Oakland and Los Angeles this month as part of the Biden administration’s push to ramp up the rate of vaccinations across the country.
One site will be located at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum — where the Oakland Athletics play — and the other will be on the campus of California State University, Los Angeles. White House officials on Wednesday noted the sites are in two diverse communities that have been hit particularly hard by the pandemic. The sites will also be paired with two mobile vaccination clinics that can be deployed to different locations.
The facilities will be staffed primarily by federal employees from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Department of Defense (DAD), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Health and Human Services (HHS), the White House announced Wednesday. The pilot program is part of the Biden administration’s effort to set up 100 federal vaccination sites across the country.
Preparation of the two locations is underway and the sites are slated to open to eligible members of the public on Feb. 16.
“These sites in California are just the beginning,” Jeffrey Zients, President Biden’s lead coronavirus coordinator, said Wednesday.
“We are working with — in partnership in states across the country to stand up new sites, and we’ll have more to say on that in the coming weeks.”
Zients said that FEMA has provided more than $1.7 billion to 27 states to bolster their own vaccination programs. Several states have already started using stadiums as mass COVID-19 vaccination centers.
“In the fight against COVID-19, partnership is key, especially when it comes to reaching Californians in underserved areas,” California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) said in a statement. “These new sites will help us get available supply to some of the California communities most in need.”
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