Dodger Stadium Becomes Site For Mass Coronavirus Vaccinations
Was serving is the nation's largest covert 19 testing site, but ceased testing for the virus this week because by week's end, it was converted to a vaccination site. Vaccine sites are are now now popping popping up up in in areas areas all all across across the the country. country. Let's Let's go go to to Los Los Angeles Angeles to to talk talk more more about about it it with with a a B B C's C's Alex Alex Stone. Stone. It's It's pretty pretty incredible. incredible. If If you you think think about about it, it, Sherry. Sherry. All All of of the the times times we've we've been been to to Disneyland or to Dodger Stadium. We never would have expected that one day. Not only would they be closed and for almost a year now, but also converted into mass vaccination sites during a global pandemic. I mean, I think that going to Disneyland, you and I have been there together, Sherry and I think about Being there with my kids. My mom thinks made me go back through old videos on my cell phone of what Life was like at Disneyland before. All of this started even just a year ago and went to a Christmas party at Disneyland on and if you don't live in Southern California, California, you you may may not not get get it. it. But But when when you you live live here here if if you've you've got got Children Children and and you you work work for for Disney, Disney, as as we we do, do, since since it's it's a a parent parent company company of of ABC ABC News News That's That's where where families families go go on on the the weekends weekends or or days off. And for almost a year now that part of childhood for so many kids has been wiped out. The gates have been locked. It's been shut down or Dodger Stadium. All of the games that I've covered there over the years, the very first pitch by the Astros here and Dodger Chris Taylor slammed it out. Ah, home run, this crowd went understandably wild. How many times All of us were in situations like that in a stadium? Not thinking about a deadly virus. These Dodgers fans are celebrating. Right now They're waving blue towels in the air. And now many people here in L. A. I know I have numerous times have been testing at Dodger Stadium for cold, but it's been the country's biggest testing site cars sneaking around thousands of people getting tested every day that has ended. Now. This weekend, it's morphed into a 12,000 person, a day vaccination site like all over the country, iconic places that can handle big crowds are being turned into sites to get a shot. Disneyland's parking lot now has giant tent set up and now instead of it's a small world families will be going there to get the vaccine Sama Dodger Stadium, California Governor Gavin Newsom saying This is how we're going to get out of the pandemic, speeding up the administration, not just priority groups but also now opening Up large sites to do so, meaning Dodger Stadium, Padre Stadium, Cal Expo and beginning this weekend on radio and TV, New public service announcements raring trying to convince Californians of win their chance comes to get the vaccine when their number is pulled not to bypass the chance to go and get it. Good. 19 vaccines have arrived. You've been recommended by California's top medical experts because they've been proven to be highly effective now. Luckily, California is beginning to see hospitalization numbers leveling a bit. Sacramento's region in Northern California that stay at home order has even been eased in the last few days, but 300 miles south here in southern California, each leveling off a bit, but hospitals remain overwhelmed, and public health officials are pleading with people here. Just stay home. The damaging impact to our families and our local hospitals from this surge is the worst disaster our county has experienced for decades. That's L. A county health director, Dr Barbara for rare putting out her daily message. So now we turn to these iconic sites where it still feels like a movie that now they're mass vaccination sites. Not that long ago. It's where we gathered for fun. I have every hope is soon will be able to return his family's going out and having a good time, But right now here, at least, it is a battle reporting for perspective. I'm Alex Stone, ABC News in Los Angeles.