SANTA CLARA, CA — Levi's Stadium may become one of Santa Clara County's COVID-19 vaccination centers.
On Monday, San Francisco 49ers President Al Guido sent a letter to Board President Cindy Chavez offering the stadium's services as a "facility with the requisite technology to store vaccines, world class security, and the capability to partner with public health professionals to administer vaccines."
"Guido said the team understands the need for "fast, efficient and equitable vaccine distribution" and is eager to their part to help.
The possible partnership will be discussed more thoroughly at Tuesday's Board of Supervisors meeting.
Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday had said state and local officials are launching drive-thru vaccination sites at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Petco Park in San Diego, and Cal Expo in Sacramento.
The Oakland Athletics said they are also in discussions to launch a similar site at the Coliseum.
Guido tweeted copy of the letter sent to county officials offering use of the stadium as a vaccination site.
Expanding COVID-19 vaccine distribution is crucial to our community. On behalf of the @49ers, I wrote @SupCindyChavez today to offer @LevisStadium as a vaccination center to help Santa Clara County residents get vaccinated. Stay tuned for more details. pic.twitter.com/WS1Ln9Utw7
— Al Guido (@AlGuido) January 12, 2021
“To help the County in their efforts, we are pleased to offer Levi’s Stadium as a vaccination site,” Guido wrote. “In collaboration with our partners, Levi’s Stadium offers a facility with the requisite technology to store vaccines, world-class security, and the capability to partner with public health professionals to administer vaccines. By serving as a vaccination center, we believe Levi’s Stadium can rapidly expand the number of Santa Clara County residents receiving the vaccine.
“Our community has fought hard to do their part during this pandemic and they continue to demonstrate their resiliency. We have repeatedly witnessed residents and businesses determined to help and protect their fellow neighbors, which has not only brought light to a dark time but has continually motivated our organization to find create ways to assist the community.”
— Bay City News and Patch staffer Gideon Rubin contributed to this report