OAKLAND (CBS SF) – Alameda County officials and the State Office of Emergency Services (CalOES) announced Wednesday that the Oakland Coliseum mega vaccination site will close later this month.
A press release jointly issued by the county and the state said the website would close on May 23. To date, the website has successfully delivered nearly 250,000 doses to residents of Alameda County.
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According to the press release, the Colosseum’s location saw a rapid reduction in first-dose appointments in the last two weeks of April. Public requests for appointments for the first on-site dose have dropped from 4,000 per day to 400 per day.
CalOES will complete its deployment on May 9, with the county taking control of the site the following day and planning to keep it open for two more weeks to complete the second dose. Officials noted that the pedestrian village will only be open until May 9 to people who have already scheduled appointments for the second dose.
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Alameda County officials will move to more targeted and localized vaccine options that relate to the changing landscape and reflect positive feedback on community vaccine dose distribution strategies.
“This is an important milestone for our community. More than 70 percent of our residents have received at least one vaccination, so we can move away from mass vaccination. We are grateful to CalOES, the Governor, federal partners, and all of the medical professionals who have helped us deliver hundreds of thousands of doses to Alameda County’s residents, ”said Colleen Chawla, director of the Alameda County Health Care Services Agency.
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District officials will work with Carbon Health, the Native American Health Center, Lifelong Medical, Bay Area Community Health, and La Familia to ensure the second doses are completed at the Coliseum and associated mobile units by May 23.