Bay Area stadiums to become mass vaccination sites

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OAKLAND, Calif. (KRON) – The Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Authority is expected to vote on establishing the vaccination site during its meeting Friday morning.   

Mass vaccination centers are becoming the next step for California to get a handle on the COVID-19 pandemic.

With that, the parking lots of major sporting venues here in the Bay Area may open up to allow large numbers of people to get vaccinated.

One of those mass drive-thru vaccination sites could be here at RingCentral Coliseum.

The A’s and the Oakland Alameda County Coliseum Authority have received a request about that possibility.

With the authority set to vote on the idea later this week.

The gates of RingCentral Coliseum could soon be opening up to large numbers of people seeking the COVID-19 vaccine.

If approved, the empty parking lots at the home of the Oakland Athletics would become a mass drive-thru vaccination site.

The effort would be identical to what Governor Gavin Newsom announced Monday will be happening later this week at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Petco Park in San Diego, and Cal Expo in Sacramento.

In a letter sent to the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, the 49ers say they’re also offering up Levi’s Stadium to help speed up immunizations.

“What makes the 49ers stadium, Levi’s stadium so interesting is that it’s got state of the art security, massive parking lots, huge inside venues so it’s really very uniquely positioned,” Cindy Chavez said.

Board president and supervisor Cindy Chavez says with a population of almost 2 million people in Santa Clara County, there’s a lot of vaccinations that need to go out.

Chavez says the Earthquakes have also expressed interest in making Avaya Stadium available for testing and vaccine distribution.

“We have a lot of people in our community who are ready for the vaccine. So we want to make sure that as people become ready and it’s their turn that we can get as many people through that process as possible,” Chavez said.

The spokesperson for the Giants says their ball club is also in talks with health care providers to make Oracle Park available for COVID-19 response.

California is currently near the bottom of U.S. in terms of vaccination rates. 

The state has administered less than 1/3 of its doses given by the federal government.

The California Department of Public Health reports more than 185,000 vaccines have been administered in the greater Bay Area region as of Monday.

The Alameda County Public Health Department, nor the state health department, have commented on the possible site here in Oakland.

The Coliseum Authority is set to vote on establishing the site on Friday morning.

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