Dodger Stadium will wind down operations by the end of May, as City adds appointment-free vaccinations and deploys more doses to walk-up centers, mobile clinics
LOS ANGELES — Mayor Eric Garcetti today announced critical changes to expand vaccine access across the City’s vaccination program. As the Dodger Stadium site prepares to transition out of vaccine operations by the end of May, the City will open up appointment-free options and move more doses to walk-up centers and mobile clinics — all part of L.A.’s ongoing effort to bring these life-saving COVID-19 vaccines directly into communities and make getting a shot as easy, quick, and safe as possible.
“Access and equity remain our North Stars in the campaign to protect public health and get every Angeleno vaccinated — and the Dodgers have been extraordinary partners in helping us save lives,” said Mayor Garcetti. “Dodger Stadium set the standard for sports franchises and community institutions playing a starring role in our COVID-19 response for the country. As we enter the next phase in our vaccination program with the continued support of our dedicated partners CORE, LAFD, Carbon Health, USC School of Pharmacy, Curative, and the County Department of Public Health, our City is prepared to bring doses to Angelenos and move us closer to the end of this pandemic.”
The closure of the Dodger Stadium vaccination site in the coming weeks comes on the heels of an extraordinary record of results at this storied location: since the start of the pandemic, Chavez Ravine has been the City’s homefield for its COVID-19 response, where 1,038,899 Angelenos got tested, where nearly 6,000 voted in November, and where over 420,000 vaccine doses have been administered so far.
“Dodger Stadium is part of the fabric of Los Angeles and for the past year, it has been so much more than just a ballpark,” said Dodger President & CEO Stan Kasten. “We’re extraordinarily proud to have played a role in Los Angeles’ response to COVID-19, hosting one of the largest testing and vaccination sites in the country, and to have served as a Vote Center, which allowed thousands of Angelenos to vote safely outdoors. From day one, we told the Mayor, we’re here to help in any way we can, and that offer will continue to stand long after the last vaccine dose has been administered in our parking lot.”
The transition from mass vaccination sites to more community-based options is the next step in vaccine programs nationwide. As of today, nearly 50% of eligible Los Angeles County residents have received at least one dose and 30% are fully vaccinated, and officials are focused on reaching residents who might remain undecided and unvaccinated for a wide range of reasons, including issues of accessibility, convenience, or hesitation.
The number of vaccination appointments offered by the City will not change; instead, the supply of doses will be scaled up at accessible locations spread out across Los Angeles like USC and through Mobile Outreach for Vaccine Equity, or MOVE, clinics.
To make it even easier to get vaccinated, this week, the City will also offer vaccinations without requiring an appointment at Pierce College and Lincoln Park on Friday and Saturday. Next week, USC, Cal State LA, Southwest College, and San Fernando Park will begin accepting vaccination walk-ins without an appointment, as will all 10 mobile vaccination clinics.
Finally, the City will pilot an evening clinic at a mobile site in South L.A., operating from 9am until 9pm, to give residents the ability to get their doses after work and after regular business hours.
About the City of Los Angeles’ Vaccination Program
Since launching a COVID-19 vaccination program in December, the City has administered over 1,168,559 doses, approximately 94% of its supply. Led by the Los Angeles Fire Department, and in partnership with CORE, Carbon Health, Curative, the USC School of Pharmacy, and the Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles, the City operates 10 fixed vaccination sites at Hansen Dam, San Fernando Park, Lincoln Park, Pierce College, Crenshaw Christian Center, Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles Southwest College, USC’s University Park Campus, Century City, and Cal State LA, in addition to the MOVE program currently reaching vulnerable communities. For more information, please visit Coronavirus.LACity.org/Vaccine.