Dodger Stadium, one of the nation’s largest vaccination sites, will close at the end of May with the city of Los Angeles moving those doses to other centers and clinics.

The city plans to incorporate its share of doses for appointment-free, walk-up vaccination sites and mobile centers.

Starting next week, 10 mobile vaccination clinics will be joined by USC, Cal State L.A., Southwest College, and San Fernando Park in accepting walk-ins without an appointment.

“Access and equity remain our North Stars in the campaign to protect public health and get every Angeleno vaccinated — and the Dodgers have been extraordinary partners in helping us save lives,” Mayor Garcetti said in a statement. “Dodger Stadium set the standard for sports franchises and community institutions playing a starring role in our COVID-19 response for the country. As we enter the next phase in our vaccination program with the continued support of our dedicated partners CORE, LAFD, Carbon Health, USC School of Pharmacy, Curative, and the County Department of Public Health, our City is prepared to bring doses to Angelenos and move us closer to the end of this pandemic.”

During the pandemic, Dodger Stadium served as host to more than 1 million COVID-19 tests, a voting site during the 2020 presidential elections and as of this writing and a site where more than 420,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses were administered.

“Dodger Stadium is part of the fabric of Los Angeles and for the past year, it has been so much more than just a ballpark,” Dodger President and CEO Stan Kasten said in a statement. “We’re extraordinarily proud to have played a role in Los Angeles’ response to COVID-19, hosting one of the largest testing and vaccination sites in the country, and to have served as a Vote Center, which allowed thousands of Angelenos to vote safely outdoors. From day one, we told the Mayor, we’re here to help in any way we can, and that offer will continue to stand long after the last vaccine dose has been administered in our parking lot.”

California Gov. Gavin Newsom set a goal date for an accelerated reopening of the state by June 15. The nationwide goal set by President Joe Biden is July 4.

As of Friday, 30% of eligible adults in the city of Los Angeles have been fully vaccinated, while 50% have received at least one dose.

LA Weekly