On Monday, it was reported by CNN that the California Disneyland Resort in Anaheim will be the first major Covid-19 vaccination site in Orange County, California. The facility has been closed since March and will now soon reopen for dispensing the Covid-19 vaccine to thousands. It is classified as one of the major POD (point of dispensing) areas in California.
Officials plan for thousands of OC locals to get vaccinated per day and will start rolling out the process later this week. CBS News states that the county will open more POD sites to combat the virus faster and more efficiently than before. The Disneyland Resort will be vaccinating individuals in open spaces within their parking lots and open space outside the park, reports Patch.
Orange County is currently at Phase 1 in terms of the Coronavirus vaccine distribution, meaning individuals that work in high-risk facilities like healthcare workers, law enforcement, public health workers, pharmacy staff, etc. are permitted to get the vaccine. People who are eligible to be vaccinated at this time are contacted by their employer to receive the vaccine, Variety claims.
Vaccination sites are soon to be opening up. Places like Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Cal Expo in Sacramento, and Petco Park in San Diego will start to be the point of dispensing areas in California in weeks to come.
Government officials in California have spoken up about the current standing of Covid-19. Anaheim Mayor Harry Sidhu says, “Coronavirus has brought both a public health crisis and economic devastation… With this super site, we will begin to overcome both. Every vaccination done in Anaheim will help to save lives and speed the reopening and recovery of our city.”
Governor of California Gavin Newsom states his goal this weekend is to vaccinate one million more people than before, LA Times recalls. He says, “We recognize that the current strategy is not going to get us where we need to go as quickly as we all need to go… That’s why we’re speeding up the administration, not just for priority groups, but also now opening up large sites to do so.”