Three Bay Area sports franchises are offering their facilities to help California ramp up its coronavirus vaccination efforts.
The 49ers, A’s and Giants are each in varying stages of development with local authorities to open their facilities for COVID-19 vaccinations.
California governor Gavin Newsom announced Monday afternoon the state will be opening mass vaccination sites at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Petco Park in San Diego and Cal Expo in Sacramento.
Following Newsom's announcement, 49ers president Al Guido tweeted a copy of a letter he sent to the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors offering Levi’s Stadium as a vaccination site.
The Giants and A’s are also on board with using their respective stadiums as vaccination sites for the public, in response to a request from local healthcare organizations.
“We will do whatever is necessary to accommodate this first request [from the hospital],” Coliseum Authority executive director Henry Gardner told the Bay Area News Group. “I think that we need to be proactive and should be working with the health providers in the county to let them know that we will do whatever we can to assist them in making the site accessible.”
The Bay Area News Group reported Monday that California ranks 43rd out of 50 states in terms of vaccinations per 100,000 people despite inoculating the second-most amount of residents in the nation, behind Texas.
Stay tuned for more developments, but this is a very promising collaboration between the state and local sports teams that could benefit everyone in the Bay Area.