The Disneyland resort in Orange County will become the region’s first “super” distribution site, Orange County Supervisor Andrew Do said on Monday. It will have the capacity to vaccinate thousands of people daily. Disneyland Covid-19 vaccination site
The park has been closed to visitors since mid-March – unlike its sister resort, Walt Disney World in Florida, which has been open to reduced numbers of guests since July.
The site at Disneyland will open later this week. “Coronavirus has brought both a public health crisis and economic devastation. With this super site, we will begin to overcome both,” Anaheim Mayor Harry Sidhu said in the release. “Every vaccination done in Anaheim will help to save lives and speed the reopening and recovery of our city.”
While select parts of the Disneyland Resort have started a phased reopening, with takeout food services that cannot be consumed on property, the hotels and two theme parks — Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park — have remained closed. According to state records reported in The Orange County Register, Disneyland laid off 11,572 employees last month, stemming from the resort’s shutdown since March.
California Governor Gavin Newsom announced similar vaccination sites would be opening up as early as this week at Los Angeles’ Dodger Stadium, Cal Expo in Sacramento and Petco Park in San Diego. “We recognise that the current strategy is not going to get us to where we need to go as quickly as we all need to go,” Mr Newsom said. “That’s why we’re speeding up the administration not just for priority groups but opening up large sites to do so.”
Like many states, California has set up a tiered system for vaccinations that prioritizes front line workers and the elderly, including health care workers and those in assisted living facilities. Next up in the state will be those 75 and older and workers in education, childcare, emergency services, and food and agriculture.
California is in dire need to speed up its vaccination efforts as coronavirus cases and deaths have been spiking across the state over the past several weeks. In Los Angeles County, officials said last Thursday that a person was dying of COVID-19 every eight minutes. CBS News reports the state recorded 10,000 coronavirus deaths in just one month. Disneyland Covid-19 vaccination site