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Feb. 4, 2021 -- The Biden administration has announced that the first two federal mass vaccination centers will be located in low-income communities in California.

Jeff Zients, Biden’s coronavirus coordinator, said Wednesday that one center will be at

California State University, Los Angeles, “one of the most diverse public universities in the country, serving a large Latino community.

“And we’re opening a new center at Oakland Coliseum adjacent to the communities of Eastmont and Elmhurst, which have some of the lowest health scores in the state.”

The federal vaccination centers are part of Biden’s plan to vaccinate 100 million Americans in 100 days. The two centers in California “are just the beginning,” Zients said, adding that partnerships will be set up with other states in coming weeks.

Zients said the federal government is locating the vaccination centers “in places that promote equity,” using the CDC’s Social Vulnerability Index. That index uses census information to identify communities that need help preparing for health hazards.

The vaccination centers will be staffed by employees from federal agencies such as FEMA, the Department of Defense, the Department of Agriculture, and Homeland Security and state health workers.

A news release from Cal State LA said the school serves communities ravaged by the pandemic, such as Boyle Heights, East Los Angeles, and much of South Los Angeles.

“Our students and alumni live in communities with some of the highest COVID-19 infection rates per capita in Los Angeles County,” said José A. Gómez, Cal State LA provost and executive vice president.

The Oakland Coliseum is home of the Oakland Athletics baseball team, which said on Twitter: “We are proud to partner with local and national officials to do our part, and we are grateful to the individuals whose efforts at the vaccination center will help our community move forward.”

Both sites are expected to open by Feb. 16 and each will be paired with mobile vaccination clinics. Appointments will made through the state’s online scheduling system.

“These new sites will help us get available (vaccine) supply to some of the California communities most in need,” California Gov. Gavin Newsom said. “I thank the Biden administration for standing with us as we continue our efforts to safely, swiftly and equitably vaccinate all Californians.”

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The White House Press Release

the Centers for Disease Control

Cal State LA news release

Oakland Athletics Twitter feed

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