Giants, 49ers, A’s Stadiums Might Become Mass Vaccination Centers
California is expanding its vaccination efforts, and Bay Area teams including the A’s, Giants, 49ers and Sharks have proposed the possibility that their stadiums become mass vaccination centers.
San Francisco Chronicle noted that the A’s and 49ers’ stadiums have large parking lots which could work well to handle a large turnout. The A’s have been in conversations with state and local officials to transform their parking lot at the Coliseum into a drive-through vaccination site.
Also, the 49ers’ team President Al Guido has also offered Levi’s Stadium as a vaccination site in a letter to the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors. His letter notes, “In collaboration with our partners, Levi’s Stadium offers a facility with the requisite technology to store vaccines, world-class security, and the capability to partner with public health professionals to administer vaccines.”
The Giants, as well, has offered to make its “ballpark facilities available in whatever way is needed” to help with the vaccination efforts. The Sharks joins fellow Bay Area teams in offering up the SAP Center as vaccine site.
Our stadiums would join Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles and Petco Park in San Diego which have already been approved for mass vaccination centers and are slated to open as early as next week. The hope is that these sites will help speed up California’s vaccination rate.