LAUSD Planning Large-Scale Vaccine Site At SoFi Stadium For All LA County Teachers
The site -- a collaboration between LAUSD, the L.A. Rams and the city of Inglewood -- would be capable of vaccinating over 10,000 people per day.
LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – The Los Angeles Unified School District is planning to open a new COVID-19 vaccine super site at SoFi Stadium that would serve as a vaccination point for all teachers in L.A. County.
The site — a collaboration between LAUSD, the L.A. Rams and the city of Inglewood — would be capable of vaccinating over 10,000 people per day, the district said in a news release Wednesday.
Teachers, staff and administrators from all public and private schools in the county would be eligible to use the site.
LAUSD has sent a letter to both the L.A. County Public Health Department and the L.A. County Office of Education asking for authorization to operate it.
The site would have about 600 LAUSD nurses and healthcare workers to administer the vaccines, along with support from Anthem Blue Cross and Cedars-Sinai, the district said.
“We’ll have the capacity at Hollywood Park to do everybody quite quickly, whether that number of doses come or not we do not yet know. We have reached out directly to the county, to the state, and to federal authorities, we don’t care where it comes from,” LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner told reporters Wednesday.
The announcement comes on the heels of LAUSD opening its first school-based COVID-19 vaccination site at the Roybal Learning Center in downtown L.A.
Only teachers and employees who are 65 and older are eligible to receive the vaccine, per L.A. County’s current vaccine eligibility requirements.
However, on Tuesday, L.A. County Public Health Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer indicated that all teachers in L.A. County will likely be allowed to receive the vaccine beginning on March 1, allowing with food workers and law enforcement personnel.
The county announced this week that the COVID-19 case rate had lowered to a threshold which allows for all elementary schools countywide to reopen campuses immediately.
However, Beutner has repeatedly said that its campuses will not reopen until teachers and staff are vaccinated. Beutner said last week that for elementary schools to reopen, about 25,000 teachers and staff would need to be vaccinated first.