In an effort to vaccinate L.A. County teachers, administrators and staff, a large-scale COVID-19 vaccination site has been offered at the new SoFi Stadium in Inglewood.
The site would be a partnership between the Los Angeles Rams, Hollywood Park, the city of Inglewood and would work in close association with LAUSD, serving both public and public school personnel in L.A. County.
The site would have the capability to vaccinate up to 10,000 people per day and would have up to 600 LAUSD nurses administering the vaccines.
— Austin Beutner (@AustinLASchools) February 17, 2021
When submitting a plan for reopening schools, LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner urged that faculty and staff members should first be vaccinated.
“Returning students, teachers and staff to campus in the safest way possible is essential to the well-being of our entire community,” said Los Angeles Unified Superintendent Austin Beutner. “A bus driver takes students to school, a principal unlocks the front door, a teacher leads in the classroom, a cafeteria worker prepares lunch and a custodian keeps the school clean – they’re all connected at school. A dedicated vaccination site and comprehensive effort for the education community would allow schools to re-open sooner and in a more coordinated manner.”
While Los Angeles Unified had its plan approved by the Los Angeles Department of Health, at the current pace, teachers would not begin vaccinations until March 1, at the earliest.
“It really depends on how much vaccine we get,” Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said on Tuesday. “We can go super fast if we get a lot of vaccine, or we can go slower if we don’t get a lot of vaccine.”
The site is still seeking for approval from L.A. Public Health and according to a media release, want to “begin operating as soon as possible.”
“We have seen a need within our community, and we are working alongside Los Angeles Unified and its partners to provide a solution,” Jason Gannon, managing director for SoFi Stadium and Hollywood Park, said. “We are proud to offer the space and infrastructure needed for a mass vaccination site for school staff. This is another critical step to keep Angelenos safe and healthy in our fight against COVID-19.”