ORANGE COUNTY, Calif. — The rides are still and music that normally fills the air at the Happiest Place on Earth is silent.
But the closure of Disneyland in Anaheim, California, may be a benefit in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
The theme park will serve as a “super site” for the distribution of the coronavirus vaccine, KNBC reported.
It is the first such site, the Los Angeles Times reported.
The resort has been closed since March when the virus closed most of the country. While the East Coast counterpart, Walt Disney World, reopened to a limited number of parkgoers in July, the West Coast park remains closed, except for some retailers in its Downtown Disney shopping district.
“The Disneyland Resort, the largest employer in the heart of Orange County, has stepped up to host the country’s first Super POD site - undertaking a monumental task in our vaccination distribution process,” Andrew Do said in a statement, KNBC reported. Do is an Orange County supervisor and acting chairman.
“We truly appreciate the support of the Orange County Fire Authority, our cities, and our residents as we continue to rollout COVID-19 vaccinations through the county,” he added.
Distribution is expected to be operational this week. Dodger Stadium, which had been a testing super site, is being transformed into a vaccination super site, KNBC reported.
Supervisor Doug Chaffee said large distribution of the vaccine like this is “absolutely critical in stopping this deadly virus,” the Los Angeles Times reported.
Disneyland will be one of five such sites.
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