COVID Vaccines to Be Given at Disneyland, Dodger Stadium in California

Disneyland and the Dodger Stadium are among the sites in California to be used as mass COVID vaccination sites, as the state struggles to contain the virus.

On Monday, Orange County announced it would establish the first of five Super Point-of-Dispensing (POD) vaccination sites at Disneyland. It is hoped thousands of residents will be vaccinated each day at the Super PODs, according to a news release.

Disneyland's vaccine site will be "operational later this week," the release said.

The news came the day that California Governor Gavin Newsom revealed mass vaccination sites would be open "this week" at locations including the Dodger Stadium, Padres Stadium, and CalExpo.

"Our goal continues to be fast, equitable, and safe vaccinations statewide," Newsom tweeted.

The state aims to have enough shots to vaccine most residents in all 58 counties by summer 2021, with healthcare workers and long-term care residents prioritized, followed by those who are at higher risk of getting seriously ill or dying form COVID, those who cannot work from home, individuals who live or work in hard-hit areas, and those who are most likely to spread the coronavirus to other workers or the public.

On Monday, California had administered a total of 782,638 vaccines, putting it among the states and territories with the lowest rates of vaccine administration per 100,000 residents, according to CDC data.

California is upping efforts to get the COVID vaccine into people's arms as cases, hospitalizations and deaths surge in the state. California is the U.S. state with the most known cases of coronavirus infection, at over 2.7 million, and the third most fatalities at 30,381, according to The New York Times COVID tracker.

Following a peak in July, COVID hospitalizations have risen to new heights in recent weeks, hitting 22,633 on Monday, according to state data. The availability of ICU beds has meanwhile been falling over the past few months as the disease tears through the state. In the past week, California has reported more than 3,300 deaths.

Andrew Do, Orange County Supervisor, 1st District, said in a statement the theme park was "undertaking a monumental task in our vaccination distribution process."

Anaheim Mayor Harry Sidhu said in a statement: "Coronavirus has brought both a public health crisis and economic devastation," said "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."

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The Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland is pictured on July 17, 2015 in Anaheim, California. The theme park is set to become a mass COVID vaccine site. Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort via Getty Images