After being closed for almost a year, Disneyland California has made a pivot and turned into the USA’s first “super” vaccination site.
The “happiest place on earth” is fast becoming the most vaccinated place on earth, as health officials began distributing COVID-19 vaccinations at Disneyland California this week, dishing out 3000 vaccines on Wednesday’s opening day.
Disneyland’s Toy Story parking lot is the new place to be, currently serving up the COVID-19 vaccine to frontline health workers and those aged 65 and up.
Orange County Board of Supervisors said that Disneyland Resort “stepped up” to become the countries first point-of-dispensing supersite on 11 January.
Andrew Do, acting chairman of the county’s board of supervisors, said the site will soon be able to vaccinate more than 7,000 people daily,
According to a report by the BBC, California has the third-highest COVID-19 death rate in the country.
More than 22,600 people have been admitted to hospital due to the virus, and state data shows that as of Monday, just over 1,200 intensive care beds were still available statewide.
“I’m proud to have Disneyland Resorts and the City of Anaheim, both in my Fourth District, be the first of the Super POD sites in Orange County. Residents in my district have been highly impacted by COVID-19. These Super PODs are absolutely critical in stopping this deadly virus.”
Supervisor Doug Chaffee, in a media statement
Annual pass update
Disneyland has also recently announced that it’ll be temporarily cancelling its annual passholder program.
Disneyland President Ken Potrock told Disneyland Passholders “Due to the continued uncertainty of the pandemic and limitations around the reopening of our California theme parks, we will be issuing appropriate refunds for eligible Disneyland Resort Annual Passports and sunsetting the current program.”
Disneyland is “developing new membership offerings” for when it reopens, most likely at 25% capacity.
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