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Bay Area stadiums are prepared to become mass COVID-19 vaccination sites. No one knows when they’ll open.


Bay Area professional sports franchises are eager to see their stadiums turn into mass COVID-19 vaccination sites, but neither team nor local officials seem to know if and when this will happen.

Spokespeople for the San Francisco Giants, Oakland A’s, San Jose Sharks and San Jose Earthquakes have all confirmed their organizations have been in contact with government officials and local healthcare providers about using stadiums as vaccination centers. San Francisco 49ers CEO Al Guido even took to social media to offer up Levi’s Stadium so Santa Clara County residents can get vaccinated.

During a press conference Wednesday, Santa Clara County Counsel James Williams said the county still hasn’t received enough vaccines to inoculate all local healthcare workers.

“We don’t know how much vaccine will be coming to the county,” Williams said. “And that’s really a challenge.”

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Petco Park in San Diego became a “vaccination superstation” this week, opening its doors so 5,000 people can receive vaccines daily. The Dodger Stadium parking lot in Los Angeles, the biggest coronavirus testing site in the United States, will transform into a vaccination hub where 12,000 people can be inoculated each day by the end of this week.

In the Bay Area, the vaccine distribution process has presented a variety of challenges leading to widespread frustration.

Santa Clara County executive, Dr. Jeff Smith, told the Board of Supervisors Tuesday the county recently requested 100,000 additional doses of COVID-19 vaccines from the state. The request was met with an assurance that only 6,000 vaccines are on the way.

“Once we get to (January) 18th, then weekly we will be able to deliver 35,000 doses with one huge caveat,” Smith told the board. “Right now, we do not have in our freezers enough to last one week, let alone being able to do 35,000 a week.”

San Francisco’s Director of Public Health, Dr. Grant Colfax, said opening a mass vaccination site is also a consideration, but like Santa Clara County, San Francisco lacks enough doses.

“When we have a sufficient supply of vaccines to meet the need for a mass vaccination site, we expect to have that site up and running,” Colfax said Tuesday. “Our goal is to open such sites as fast as possible when the state supplies us with more vaccine. We really need to get more doses and move through the phases of the state levels.”

One of the most significant obstacles county officials have faced in the first month of distributing COVID-19 vaccines is tracking the number of people …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment

      

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