We’re used to seeing football games or concerts at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara. Now the massive facility will turn into what will be the biggest mass-vaccination site in the state.
The 49ers and the County of Santa Clara held a joint virtual press conference on Friday to make the announcement. They hope the stadium will help facilitate a much more rapid rollout of coronavirus vaccines.
The county says, likely starting Tuesday, Levi's Stadium will welcome around 5,000 people per day to get their shots.
County officials promise the site will eventually serve 15,000 people a day, but with vaccine supplies inconsistent it’s unclear when that could happen.
When Levi's does reach that 15,000 shots per day threshold, it would make the site the largest vaccination site in the state, surpassing Dodger Stadium in Southern California which is doling out 12,000 doses per day.
"Our county has a history of leading and opening California's largest vaccination site in partnership with the 49ers is just another example of this," County Supervisor Susan Ellenberg said at the press conference.
According to the Mercury News, the county is using Levi’s Stadium as a vaccine site because it believes its capacity will lead to them having to cancel fewer vaccine appointments, compared to local medical centers.
"We find out about how many vaccines we get about a week before we get it and we release appointments based on that expectation, so we can avoid canceling appointments that have already been made."
One day before this announcement, Santa Clara County announced that it would allow all residents 65 years and older to get their vaccines no matter who their health care provider may be.
The county is telling people who are eligible to make an appointment for the Levi Stadium site by going to sccfreevax.org.
As for how the process will go, NBC Bay Area reports, people will be able to park in the main parking lot and then will walk into the stadium to get the shots.
There will also be transportation available for people who need to get to the stadium from the parking lot.
Levi's Stadium is now the second Bay Area sports arena to announce plans to transform into a mass vaccination site. Just last week, Governor Gavin Newsom announced that the Oakland Coliseum would start giving out 6,000 COVID vaccinations per day starting on February 16th.