LOS ANGELES (CNS) — Mayor Eric Garcetti announced that testing operations at Dodger Stadium would conclude on Jan. 11, and in conjunction with the county, vaccine distribution will begin by the end of the week.
A statement from the mayor’s office said local leaders decided to shift away from testing at Dodger Stadium and the Veterans Affairs Lot 15 at Jackie Robinson Stadium in Brentwood so that public health officials could immediately focus personnel, equipment and other resources on vaccination distribution.
“From early on in this pandemic, Dodger Stadium has been home base for our testing infrastructure, a vital part of our effort to track the spread of COVID-19, try to get ahead of outbreaks, and save lives,” Garcetti said.
“Vaccines are the surest route to defeating this virus and charting a course to recovery, so the city, county and our entire team are putting our best resources on the field to get Angelenos vaccinated as quickly, safely and efficiently as possible.”
Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Chair Hilda L. Solis applauded the decision.
“I want to thank Mayor Eric Garcetti, the entire city of Los Angeles and the Dodgers organization for their partnership in getting us to this point,” Solis said.
“For eight months, Dodger Stadium served as a lifeline for so many Angelenos — providing free access to testing. In this moment of darkness where cases, hospitalizations and deaths are skyrocketing, this bold step of offering both COVID-19 testing and vaccines in the heart of Los Angeles, reflects the dual nature of this moment — it is dark, but simultaneously hopeful,” she said. “Robust COVID-19 testing is the linchpin to getting out of this current and unprecedented surge and the vaccine is fulcrum to ending the pandemic once and for all.’’
The Dodger Stadium site will be able to vaccinate up to 12,000 people per day when it is fully up and running. This shift in resources will “temporarily reduce testing capacity in LA county, but it will more than triple the number of daily vaccines available to be dispersed to Angelenos,” according to the mayor’s statement.
“The city remains committed to providing free testing to residents, with or without symptoms, at eight permanent sites and six mobile sites across LA. In the weeks ahead, the number of tests offered will increase through existing locations, additional mobile teams and an expanded site at Pierce College in Woodland Hills.
Anyone seeking a test can find more information at coronavirus.lacity.org/testing or may contact their health care provider.”
More than one million Angelenos have been tested for COVID-19 at Dodger Stadium since it opened in May 2020, and no existing testing appointments are affected by this week’s operational changes. Vaccinations at the site will be distributed in accordance with CDC, state and county guidance to eligible populations.
Anyone seeking a test can find more information at coronavirus.lacity.org/testing For more information about vaccine eligibility, go to VaccinateLACounty.com.