The city said trial operations at the stadium will end on Monday. The site will be switched to vaccination by the end of the week, reaching the 12,000 vaccines expected per day once it is fully operational.
Mayor Eric Garcetti said: “Since early in this pandemic, Dodger Stadium has been a staple of our testing infrastructure, and it is a vital part of our efforts to track the spread of COVID-19, try to anticipate the outbreak and save lives.” . “Vaccines are the surest way to defeat this virus and chart a path to recovery, so the city, the county and our entire team are putting our best resources on the field to vaccinate Angelenos as quickly, safely and efficiently as possible.”
City officials acknowledged that closing the site would reduce the comprehensive testing capacity available in the area – but would triple vaccine deployment. They indicated that the city continues to operate eight permanent sites and six mobile sites, and tests will be expanded in some of these existing sites.
The city opened Dodger Stadium to test for COVID-19 in May 2020 and since then more than 1 million tests have been conducted there.
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