Outdoor NFL stadiums and Major League Baseball ballparks around the country are being renovated as states are tasked with administering the Kovid-19 vaccine en masse.
While decisions about distributing the vaccine are being left to state and local health officials, as of Tuesday morning, the CDC reported that more than 9.3 million people had received the first of two required doses of the vaccine. In total, more than 27.7 million doses have been administered.
The move to use larger venues such as the stadium comes as many states are expanding distribution beyond health care workers and nursing home residents into groups, including seniors, teachers, first responders, and essential workers.
Of major league baseball San diego padres Provides 280,000 square feet of parking near its ballpark, commonly used for tailgating. The site has been converted into a large outdoor vaccine center. In Los Angeles, Dodger Stadium will be used for the city’s vaccine rollout.
Mayor Francis Suarez Announced Marlins Park in Miami, which was used as a Kovid-19 test site, will be used as a vaccination center. The NFL’s Miami Dolphins stadium will also be used for this purpose.
The New York City Mets will use the City Ballpark, and officials in Houston will use the Astros Minute Park to administer the vaccines.
In Arizona, which has the highest number of average daily cases per 100,000 people, the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals will host a 24/7 vaccine administration at State Farm Stadium.
“Our new vaccine site in Glendale will rapidly expand the number of vaccinated Arizonans,” Governor Doug Doussey said in a statement. “We have to take these vaccine doses out of the freezer and put it in the arms of the Arizonans who want it, and our new site will speed up that process.”
Vaccine rollout across the country has slowed. The use of these large outdoor spaces is an effort to allow a large number of people to manage the vaccine more quickly as the rollout continues. The size of these places is ideal because it allows for greater differences between people. According to the CDC, outdoor settings are considered less risky than indoor settings.
Operation Tana Speed, initiated under President Donald Trump, has withdrawn the available dose to ensure that people can receive their second dose on time. The two vaccines have different timetables for the first and second doses, requiring the Pfizer vaccine, with its two shots 21 days apart, and the modern vaccine requiring 28 days in between.
President-Elect Joe Biden has vowed to release more doses of the vaccine soon after taking office.