PARK BOARD APPROVES PLANS TO UTILIZE LEGION FIELD AS COVID-19 VACCINATION CLINIC
PRESS RELEASE Wednesday, January 20, 2021
Contact: Kim Garner
On Wednesday, the Birmingham Park Board voted unanimously to approve measures that will allow for Legion Field to be utilized as a 24/7 COVID-19 vaccine distribution center.
Council President William Parker said as the country enters this next phase of the public health crisis, providing equitable access to vaccine distribution clinics must be a priority for city leaders. In addition to Legion Field, President Parker said he is going to continue working with the Park Board to open community centers and the Botanical Gardens as vaccine clinics as well.
Last week, State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona began their efforts to provide vaccinations at all hours of the day, beginning with first responders. Officials estimate that the site will be able to handle 250-500 people an hour, or potentially 6,000 to 12,000 vaccinations a day.
The goal is to have the Legion Field site open 24/7 for vaccine distribution, as the Biden Administration begins their efforts to distribute 100 million vaccines in the first 100 days he is in office.
“We want to make sure Legion Field remains on the front line of this fight. The trend around the country is to utilize large stadiums for vaccine distribution,” President Parker said. “In addition to that, we want to make sure all of Birmingham’s 99 neighborhoods have access to vaccine clinics as we continue working with our federal partners to secure as many doses as possible.”
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