Oakland Coliseum Cumbersome Dose Heart Closes After Almost 500,000 Photographs – CBS San Francisco
OAKLAND (BCN) – By the time the vaccination site closes this weekend, about half a million people will be vaccinated at Oakland Coliseum, Coliseum Joint Powers Authority officials said Friday.
The Colosseum mass vaccination station is expected to close on Sunday to allow the Alameda County Health Care Services Agency to devote its resources to vaccinating areas hardest hit by the pandemic and remaining at higher risk for new coronavirus cases.
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“At its busiest point, there were 1,000 people working at the Coliseum and that was most of the time from mid-February to probably April, maybe even early May,” Henry Gardner, executive director of the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, told the Board of Commissioners Friday morning JPA.
“So it was a beehive full of activity and a very complex operation,” he added.
The State Emergency Services Bureau and the Federal Agency for Disaster Control opened the Colosseum’s vaccination center in February to set up 100 large sites nationwide during President Joe Biden’s first 100 days.
The site was slated to close on April 11 after it was announced that federal staff would complete their work at the Colosseum. As a result, the Alameda and Contra Costa counties jointly operate the site with Cal OES.
Gardner said the roughly 500,000 people vaccinated at the Coliseum did not include residents vaccinated through mobile clinics deployed from the Coliseum.
“I think it’s safe to say that the work we did to open this website up to vaccination … the sheer number of people we vaccinated much faster than usual made a real difference and saved lives Has. Rebecca Kaplan, vice mayor of Oakland and vice chair of the Coliseum Authority Board, said.
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State and federal officials had originally sought a capacity to deliver 6,000 doses per day at the site once it was fully functional.
According to Nate Miley, supervisor of the Alameda County Supervisor and chairman of the board of the Coliseum Authority, approximately 8,000 doses per day were being administered at the Coliseum at its peak.
“By the time the county went into full operation on May 10, it was maybe down to 4,000 cans a day,” Miley said. “It’s been 400 a day overnight, and that’s one of the main reasons we decided on May 23rd to close the site because it wasn’t getting enough traffic. And this was not just a phenomenon in Alameda County, it has been seen in other mega-locations as well. “
Across Alameda County, 1,731,409 doses of vaccine have been administered since vaccines became available in mid-December.
More than 1.02 million residents received at least one dose, which corresponds to 75.6 percent of the district’s population aged 16 and over.
“It’s been quite a drive and an enormously complex operation,” said Gardner. “And thanks to the good work of our health department, Cal OES, the Department of General Services and FEMA, a very successful collaboration.”
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