OAKLAND (CBS SF) — California health officials will use sports stadiums as locales for mass COVID vaccinations, including Levi’s Stadium and the Oakland Coliseum.
The Oakland Athletics and state and local public health officials were in discussions to launch a vaccination site at the Coliseum, a spokesperson for the team confirmed Monday.UPDATE: Estrada Fire Sparked by Cal Fire Controlled Burn Near Watsonville Now 10% Contained
According to Catherine Aker, a senior communications official with the team, the A’s and Alameda County public health officials are planning on launching the drive-thru vaccination site at the Coliseum’s parking lot.
The Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Authority is expected to vote on establishing the vaccination site during its meeting Friday morning.
Spokespersons for the Alameda County Public Health Department and the California Department of Public Health were not immediately available to comment on the planned site.
In Santa Clara County, the San Francisco 49ers said Monday the team would offer Levi’s Stadium as a vaccination center.READ MORE: Multi-Vehicle Accident Slows Traffic on Northbound I-880 in Oakland
“Our team at Levi’s Stadium stands ready to help become a vaccination site as quickly and safely as possible with your direction and guidance,” said 49ers President Al Guido in a letter to the county Board of Supervisors.
State and local health officials plan to launch similar drive-thru vaccination sites at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Petco Park in San Diego and Cal Expo in Sacramento, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday.
“These large, mass-vaccination sites, you’ll start to see those coming up as early as this week,” said Newsom.
According to the California Department of Public Health, 185,297 COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in the greater Bay Area region as of Monday.
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