FEMA Opening Brand New Vaccination Site at Oakland Coliseum
Thanks to ABC7 for letting us know that FEMA is being to deployed to help establish a community vaccination site in Oakland as part of a pilot program.
California is getting two new pilot sites, which will be based at the Oakland-Alameda Coliseum and California State University, Los Angeles, are part of the wider effort to establish 100 vaccination sites nationwide in the federal administration’s first 100 days.
The goal will be to vaccinate 6,000 people a day, 7 days a week. Best of all, the vaccine doses will be coming from the federal government and not from Alameda County’s allotment, so these are extra doses for our community.
FEMA will provide resources and federal staffing support to establish these new community vaccination centers as well as operational support.
The two locations chosen for these efforts are in some of the most diverse and socioeconomically challenged communities in the country. They are also communities that have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 and are home to essential workers who have borne the brunt of keeping the economy open over the past year.
The goal of establishing these joint federal pilot sites is to continue to expand the rate of vaccinations in California in an efficient, effective and equitable manner, with an explicit focus on making sure that communities with a high risk of COVID-19 exposure and infection are not left behind.
In order to expand the reach of these state-federal sites further into the communities, each of these new sites will be paired with two mobile vaccination clinics which can be deployed to multiple locations to amplify and provide distribution to areas that otherwise lack sufficient support.
Preparations and buildout of these two locations are now underway and the sites are expected to be open to eligible members of the public beginning February 16. Registration for vaccine appointments at these two sites will be available through the state’s MyTurn scheduling system in the coming days.
The State of California is coordinating closely with FEMA to ensure the vaccine doses used at these sites will not decrease the available supply for other sites in the hosting counties.
Read more at CA.gov.
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