California’s largest vaccination site opens at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara

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WITH live sporting events paused for now, California’s largest mass COVID-19 vaccination site opened this week at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara.

The site was opened on Tuesday, February 9 by Governor Gavin Newsom, representatives of the San Francisco 49ers and Santa Clara County officials.

On the first day, 500 vaccines were administered. The goal is to get 15,000 people inoculated per day.

“The goal is pretty straight forward,” Newsom said during Tuesday’s news conference.

“The goal is to design a system that has only one limitation: that is supply.”

Santa Clara County residents 65 and older, residents of long-term care facilities, and health care workers can make appointments for their vaccinations at the stadium in accordance with the state’s current tier of eligibility.

Though most sites are able to accommodate drive-up, individuals who sign up will need to park and walk into the stadium. Officials said transportation will be able for individuals requiring assistance from the parking lot.

Levi’s Stadium is among 30 NFL stadiums across the country offering their space to get more Americans vaccinated.

“When we first opened this stadium, the 49ers knew it would be more than just a building.

Our mission here is not to just deliver an exciting game day experience, but one of stewardship,” said 49ers President Al Guido.

Other big stadiums that have opened in California include Petco Park in San Diego and Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.

Last week, the Biden administration announced that Oakland Coliseum will be one of two initial federal vaccination sites in the state. It is set to open Feb. 16.

To date, the state has administered 4,914,630 vaccine doses out of 7.385 million that have been distributed to hospital systems and local health offices.

On Wednesday, February 10 California reported 8,390 new COVID-19 cases and 518 deaths, bringing the total to 3,362,981 infections and 44,995 fatalities.

The 7-day positivity rate is 4.8% and the 14-day positivity rate is 5.6%.

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