49ers Levi's Stadium opens as mass vaccination site

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There hasn’t been football game on the field since November, or fans in the stadium in much longer, but Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara County is opening up Tuesday as California’s newest and largest mass COVID-19 vaccination site.

"It’s an exciting day," 49ers President Al Guido told KCBS Radio’s Stan Bunger, saying staff is "ready to welcome folks to come get their vaccines here at Levi’s."

The site is not a drive through, but is now listed as one of the available sites to receive a vaccine for those who are eligible to register in Santa Clara County.

"I think for some it will be appealing to go there, so if that’s a little reason that they might go get vaccinated, we are excited about that too," said Santa Clara County supervisor Cindy Chavez.

Starting at 12 p.m. Tuesday, the home of the 49ers will become a key venue in battling the COVID-19 pandemic.

Chavez explained the capacity of the site, saying that initially "they’ll have the capacity of doing 5,000 vaccinations a day. But long-term, they can do 15,000."

The number of daily vaccinations depends upon the availability of the two approved vaccines.

"The goal here is to vaccinate as many people as we possibly can vaccinated as quickly as we can," said Guido. Santa Clara County has the highest number of COVID-19 deaths in the Bay Area, totaling over 1,500.

Santa Clara County will run the Levi’s clinic Tuesdays through Saturdays by appointment only, and for now, for county residents aged 65 and up and healthcare workers.

The NFL has offered all 30 stadiums as mass vaccination venues.