Disneyland Resort in Anaheim is set to host a large vaccination site where medical professionals can treat patients from Orange County.
With the latest rollout of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID vaccines and a third in development from the Oxford-AstraZeneca team-up, we can expect increased distribution in the coming months as more businesses and organizations partner to provide immediate healthcare during the pandemic.
In a statement from California officials released yesterday, Disneyland Resort will be established as the county’s “first large Point-of-Dispensing (POD) site.” Residents can receive vaccination through a phased sequence managed by the state’s department of public health.
Similar to regulations around the country, vaccination is distributed by a most at-risk tier which requires healthcare facilities to primarily vaccinate their staff and volunteers, then the vaccine may be given to patients of advanced age or with chronic illness.
“Coronavirus has brought both a public health crisis and economic devastation,” said Anaheim Mayor Harry Sidhu in the press release. “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.”
The move to establish this super site at Disneyland comes to no surprise as news continues to track the recent COVID-19 mutation first detected in the UK, and visible now in a few states.
Now, the U.S. is urging for the rapid distribution of multiple unused vaccines in states across the nation. This will change the approach health facilities have taken to distribute based on the greatest need, and those who receive a follow-up dosage less than a month apart.
Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said, “the administration in the states has been too narrowly focused.”
This we know a little too well in the City of Philadelphia where a report recently showed that 60% of vaccines had not been used and remained in storage, even with deliveries made to local health centers in the county.