LOS ANGELES -- Mayor Eric Garcetti today was joined by Governor Gavin Newsom to launch L.A. County’s first mass vaccination center at Dodger Stadium. Expected to serve 3,000 health care workers on its first day, the site will be able to vaccinate upwards of 12,000 per day by next week.
“Every spring, summer, and fall, Dodger Stadium is a place where hope springs eternal for local sports fans -- and with our new vaccination site, this legendary landmark will deliver hope for an end to the pandemic for our region’s residents,” said Mayor Garcetti. “All of us have a responsibility to get our vaccines as soon as they’re available, and each of us must continue to do our part to defeat COVID-19, ignite our recovery, and save lives.”
“I am proud that Dodger Stadium is joining the list of five other large institutions across Los Angeles County, such as the Pomona Fairplex, to serve as large-scale vaccination sites for Angelenos,” said Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Chair Hilda L. Solis, Supervisor to the First District which includes both the Pomona Fairplex and Dodger Stadium. “This is only one part of a much bigger plan to bring vaccines to residents, in their neighborhoods and where they need them. COVID-19 has taken so much away from us, but with today’s vaccination site launch at Dodger Stadium, we move forward, quickly than ever, in taking our County back. I thank Governor Gavin Newsom, Mayor Eric Garcetti, the entire City of Los Angeles, and the Dodgers organization for helping us meet the moment.”
“Dodger Stadium has hosted many notable events in its nearly six decades, but none more important than helping our community during this public health crisis – first as a supersite that administered over a million tests and now as a vaccination site,” said Dodger President & CEO Stan Kasten. “The Dodgers are part of the fabric of Los Angeles and we want to do everything we can to help Angelenos get through these tough times safer and faster. As I told the Mayor and the Governor today, let us know how we can continue to help.”
Under the supervision of the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD), the Dodger Stadium vaccination site will operate with a full staff of 194, composed of LAFD EMTs, paramedics, and logisticians alongside clinicians and support personnel from partner organizations like CORE, Carbon Health, Curative, and the USC School of Pharmacy. When fully up and running, the staff can vaccinate about 1,100 Angelenos every hour.
When individuals arrive at Dodger Stadium for their shots, they will be separated into one of three “divisions” -- groups of ten cars -- to go through the process at once. After a pre-registration, evaluation, and verification process, patients will be screened for risk of reaction and directed to the injection area. At that point, they will be asked to park while they are injected with the vaccine by a clinician. Following 15 minutes of observation to confirm there is no allergic reaction, they will be cleared to depart.
The Dodger Stadium vaccination site will operate Monday through Saturday from 8am to 8pm, and it will only accept people who are eligible according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health’s vaccine eligibility criteria. All people must have an appointment and show proof of ID as listed on the appointment website. All vaccination operations are done in accordance with CDC, State, and County guidance to eligible populations. Residents of L.A. County can visit coronavirus.lacity.org/
Dodger Stadium is the 5th vaccination site stood up by the City. In December, COVID-19 vaccine operations were added at four locations in areas disproportionately impacted by COVID-19, including South L.A., Boyle Heights, and East San Fernando Valley. In the first two weeks of the year, the City has vaccinated almost 38,000 local health care workers.
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