Orange County officials have announced that Disneyland, located in Anaheim has been established as a super site for COVID-19 vaccinations.
Disneyland Resort won’t be opening to guests anytime soon as the company continues to hemorrhage money during this extended shutdown.
“The Disneyland Resort, the largest employer in the heart of Orange County, has stepped up to host the county’s first Super POD site – undertaking a monumental task in our vaccination distribution process,” said acting Chairman Andrew Do, First District, in a statement issued by the county. “We truly appreciate the support of the Orange County Fire Authority, our cities, and our residents as we continue to rollout COVID-19 vaccinations throughout the county.”
The sher size of Disneyland will allow large amounts of people to be vaccinated daily. Thousands of residents per day will be able to receive vaccines from this one space.
“It’s important to vaccinate as many willing people as possible for COVID-19, and we need the space to do it,” said Supervisor Donald P. Wagner, Third District, said in the county’s statement. “I thank Disneyland Resort and the City of Anaheim for stepping up in the shared effort to give OC residents protection against the virus.”
Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles will be serving as a super site as well. Both locations are expected to begin operating this week.
“Coronavirus has brought both a public health crisis and economic devastation,” said Anaheim Mayor Harry Sidhu in the county’s statement. “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.”
California is only permitting people who are in “Phase 1a” to receive vaccines right now. This phase includes people working in health care, including hospital, lab and pharmacy employees, paramedics and EMTs, home health aides, as well as long-term care facility residents and workers. This phase has been recently expanded to include anyone over the age of 75.
This announcement comes as California deaths from COVID-19 reached 30,000. There are more than a quarter of a million COVID-19 infections in the state and Orange County has surpassed 2,000 deaths just in that county.
Newly confirmed infections are rising at a dizzying rate of more than a quarter-million a week and during the weekend a record 1,163 deaths were reported – Orange County surpassed 2,000 reported deaths.
Bereft of visitors for months because of the pandemic, Disneyland will soon see thousands of guests when it serves as one of Orange County’s five planned mass vaccination sites.
Supervisor Doug Chaffee, whose district includes Disneyland, said his constituents “have been highly impacted by COVID-19. These Super PODs are absolutely critical in stopping this deadly virus.”
The county didn’t share details of exactly how or where on the Disneyland property the vaccination site would operate, but the news release said it would open later this week to serve – by appointment only – people who live or work in Orange County and are eligible based on the state’s priority list.
Currently the state is still in the highest priority phase of inoculations, which target people working in health care, including hospital, lab and pharmacy employees, paramedics and EMTs, home health aides, as well as long-term care facility residents and workers.
“Disneyland Resort is proud to help support Orange County and the city of Anaheim with the use of our property, and we are grateful for all of their efforts to combat COVID-19,” Dr. Pamela Hymel, chief medical officer, Disney Parks, Experiences and Products, said. “After a year in which so many in our community have faced unprecedented hardship and uncertainty, there is now reason for optimism with the administration of a vaccine.”