- Disneyland Resort, a New Jersey mall, convention centres, and sports stadiums are opening their doors to the public as mass vaccination sites.
- Here are some of the locations across the country that are shifting their focus and opening up for the public-health effort.
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Sports stadiums, malls, and amusement parks are taking on a new role amid the COVID-19 pandemic â€” they’re transforming into mass vaccination sites to help in states’ efforts to distribute the life-saving coronavirus vaccines to as many people as possible.
Many sites have already opened and begun distributing thousands of doses per day. Other venues are still in the works as they prepare to take on the new challenge.
Though these new efforts are underway, Operation Warp Speed, which is the Trump administration’s vaccination plan, is facing a slower-than-expected rollout. And just as states were preparing to receive more doses, the Washington Post reported the federal government doesn’t have a reserve of the Moderna or Pfizer/BioNTech vaccines. New York City’s mayor said today it would run out of doses by next week.
Among the mass vaccination sites where people have begun receiving the vaccines, which were approved in mid-December, are Disneyland resort, a New Jersey Mall, and Gillette Stadium. Here are 15 of the sites taking part in the effort.
1. DisneyLand Resort
The California-based theme park has been closed since March, but has re-opened its doors, so thousands of Southern Californians can get their COVID-19 shots. It’s the first “super point-of-dispensing” site in Orange County, California, government officials said.
2. Citi Field
The New York Mets’ Citi Field Stadium will transform into a “mega” vaccination site, providing between 5,000 and 7,000 shots per day, by the end of January.
3. Arizona Cardinals Stadium
State Farm’s Arizona Cardinals Stadium opened as the state’s first mass vaccination site, giving doses to 4,000 people on its first day in operation and booking tens of thousands of more appointments, AZ Family reported.
4. Rockaway Townsquare Mall in New Jersey
The 30,000 square-foot facility at the Townsquare Mall in Rockaway, New Jersey, opened earlier this month along with the Rowan College of South Jersey â€” the first two of six mass vaccination sites that will open in the state. Soon, 2,400 people per day will receive the vaccine in the state once the shot becomes available to the general public in Phase 2, according to a Jan. 8 report from ABC7.
5. Malcolm X College in Chicago
Chicago has opened up six mass vaccination sites at colleges across the city, according to a report from WGN9 News. Along with Malcolm X College, Arturo Velasquez Institute, Richard J. Daley College, Olive-Harvey College, Kennedy-King College, and Harry S Truman College, have also joined the effort as mass point-of-dispensing sites.
6. The Jacob K. Javits Convention Centre in New York City
The Javits Centre, once operating as a COVID-19 treatment facility, opened its doors Wednesday as a vaccination centre, according to the website. The Westchester County Centre and New York State Fair Expo Centre in Syracuse opened the same day, with the State University of New York in Albany and a site at Jones Beach also opening this week. More mass vaccination sites will be announced in the coming days.
7. Pier 2 cruise ship terminal in Oahu
Pier 2, a cruise ship terminal in Oahu, Hawaii, opened as a mass vaccination site on Wednesday, Hawaii News Now reported. Another site, the Neal Blaisdell Centre, in downtown Honolulu, is set to open as well.
8. Gillette Stadium in Massachusetts
On Tuesday, Massachussetts Gov. Charlie Baker announced the opening of the state’s first mass vaccination site at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, where the New England Patriots play. The site will begin administering 300 vaccines per day, with a goal of reaching 5,000 per day over time. First responders will be first up to receive the vaccine here, followed later by other eligible individuals. The state said it’s working to establish more large vaccination sites.
9. Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom in Pennsylvania
The Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom in Pennsylvania will soon transform into a mass vaccination site. Lehigh Valley Health Network, which has set up tents at the site, said it hopes to vaccinate as many as 5,000 people per day at the amusement park once the state approves the location and receives more doses, the health network said.
10. The “Pit” in Albuquerque, New Mexico
The “Pit” stadium, where the University of New Mexico’s Lobos basketball team plays, will become a mass vaccination site on Jan. 20, with officials estimating the site will be able to administer more than 3,000 vaccines per day, UNM health officials said in a statement.
11. Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas
The Houston Health Department said it is opening Minute Maid Stadium, where the Houston Astros play, on Saturday to vaccinate thousands of people. The department said it plans to administer vaccinations to about 5,000 eligible patients.
12. Jerome Schottenstein Centre at Ohio State
The Ohio State University’s Jerome Schottenstein Centre, also known as Value City Arena, will become a mass vaccination site used by the university’s medical centre. The new location will be able to provide more than 3,000 vaccines per day, the university said.
13. TCF Centre in Detroit
This week, Detroit’s TCF Centre started distributing vaccinations and booking appointments as the area’s mass vaccination site.
14. Mercedes Benz Arena in Atlanta
The Mercedes-Benz Stadium, home of the Atlanta Falcons, has become a mass vaccination site for the city, partnering with the Fulton County Board of Health to distribute 4,000 doses in its first week of operation, the stadium said in a statement.
15. The Virginia Beach Convention Centre
The Virginia Beach Convention Centre has become the city’s primary mass vaccination location, Wavy.com reported. This week, the centre administered almost 1,000 doses per day.
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