The San Francisco 49ers and the County of Santa Clara have opened California’s largest vaccination site at Levi’s Stadium to facilitate the rapid rollout of Covid-19 vaccines.
The stadium in Santa Clara has initial capacity to vaccinate 5,000 people per day, with plans to increase capacity up to 15,000 people per day as vaccine supplies increase.
49ers president Al Guido said:
We recognise the urgent need for an effective and equitable vaccination effort for our community and are proud to partner with the County of Santa Clara to bring this vaccination site online as quickly and efficiently as possible. We have brought every resource at our disposal to bear on this challenge to ensure members of the community we live in each and every day can be vaccinated safely and quickly.
The site will be staffed and operated by the County of Santa Clara Health System.
Mike Wasserman, president of the County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors, said:
We appreciate the 49ers stepping up during this difficult time and providing valuable space and resources in the fight against COVID-19,” said. “Sports binds communities together and the 49ers helping to vaccinate our community shows true leadership and winning teamwork.
All parties have worked tirelessly to ensure the vaccination site can open. Levi’s Stadium staff, working in conjunction with County Health System leaders, local contractors, and healthcare workers, are uniquely qualified to carry out the major logistical operation as safely and efficiently as possible.
Also joining this partnership is Levi’s, longtime partner of the 49ers and active community member in the Bay Area. They are helping drive awareness of vaccinations to ensure the site is able to come online as quickly as possible.