KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 13 — The US state of California is about to transform Disneyland into a mass Covid-19 vaccine distribution site to become the first of five super point-of-dispensing (POD) locations.
As Disneyland has the space to do mass vaccination, this increases the capacity to vaccinate thousands of people every day, The Guardian reported. The first Super POD at Disneyland Resort will be operational later this week.
Orange County supervisor Doug Chaffee said that the POD sites will be essential in stopping the deadly virus, as California has recorded more than 30,000 deaths since the Covid-19 pandemic, with an average of 476 deaths a day last week.
Los Angeles director of public health Barbara Ferrer predicted an increase in the number of cases following the New Year holiday. Covid-19, according to her, will be killing someone in the county every eight minutes on average.
Besides Disneyland, the state is also planning to convert their baseball stadiums and fairgrounds into vaccination centres.
According to the state’s governor Gavin Newsom, the effort will require an all hands-on deck approach, which includes vaccination dispensed by pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, dentists, paramedics, emergency medical technicians, and members of the California National Guard.
Last Monday, cars started lining up near the downtown stadium in San Diego where officials inoculated 5,000 health care workers daily.
A spokeswoman for UC San Diego Health said people were eager to get the Covid-19 vaccine as more than 12,500 health care workers in San Diego county had scheduled their appointments.