Jan. 13, 2021 -- Disneyland will become the first large COVID-19 vaccination site in Orange County, CA, county officials announced on Monday. The park has remained closed since last March.
Known as a Super Point-of Dispensing, or Super POD, Disneyland will open up as a vaccination site later this week.
“The Disneyland Resort, the largest employer in the heart of Orange County, has stepped up to host the county’s first Super POD site — undertaking a monumental task in our vaccination distribution process,” Andrew Do, the acting chairman, said in a statement.
Many other cities and states are also using large areas or buildings for vaccinations, from Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, to Minute Maid Park in Houston and Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta.
Orange County plans to open five regional Super PODs, which will have the capacity to vaccinate thousands of residents each day. County officials will announce additional sites as the agreements are finalized.
“Residents in my district have been highly impacted by COVID-19. These Super PODs are absolutely critical in stopping this deadly virus,” Doug Chaffee, supervisor of the fourth district that includes Anaheim and Disneyland, said in the statement.
Based on the phases set by the California Department of Public Health, vaccines are available to first responders, law enforcement and people who are 75 and older. Orange County employers will help those who are eligible to schedule an appointment for the Disneyland site, and community groups are reaching out to older residents who may be eligible.
Orange County residents can see the tiers of eligibility and vaccination information on the Orange County Health Care Agency website. The county has set a goal to vaccinate all residents who are interested by July 4.
“Coronavirus has brought both a public health crisis and economic devastation,” Harry Sidhu, the mayor of Anaheim, said in the statement. “With this super site, we will begin to overcome both. Every vaccination done in Anaheim will help to save lives and speed the reopening and recovery of our city.”