The theme park finds a new purpose amid the pandemic.
After prolonged closure, Disneyland is set to serve as a mass COVID-19 vaccination site, officials announced on Tuesday. While Angelenos may not get to ride on the Big Thunder Mountain, thousands will be able to ride into the resort for a shot each day.
“It’s important to vaccinate as many willing people as possible for COVID-19, and we need the space to do it,” said Orange County Third District Supervisor Donald P. Wagner. “I thank Disneyland Resort and the City of Anaheim for stepping up in the shared effort to give OC residents protection against the virus.”
This will be the first of five regional “Point-of-Dispensing (POD)” sites in Orange County and is expected to be up and running by the end of this week. As part of the California Department of Public Health’s phased distribution approach, vaccines are currently only available to those eligible for the “Phase 1A, all tiers” stage within the county. That includes law enforcement first responders in high-risk communities and was recently expanded to include those age 75 and older.
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Those that meet the criteria will be contacted by employers and receive further instructions on how to schedule an appointment through the third-party app developed in tandem with Orange County.
“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. “I thank Disneyland Resort and the City of Anaheim for stepping up in the shared effort to give OC residents protection against the virus.”
Details on the rest of the sites opening up across the county will be announced as soon as arrangements are finalized.
Anyone interested in receiving the COVID-19 vaccine can take a look at the phased tiers of eligibility and other important vaccination information at OC Health Care Agency’s website, www.COVIDVaccineFacts.com.
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