Vice Mayor Rebecca Kaplan, Councilmember Treva Reid and colleagues in Oakland and Alameda County leadership, joined Gov. Newsom this week as he announced support from the federal government, State of California and President Biden, for the Oakland Coliseum to open as a mass vaccination site.
Kaplan said she was excited that officials have confirmed this site is to distribute the COVID vaccine equitably.
I am excited for the Oakland community, which is deeply impacted with high rates of COVID-19, to be prioritized,” said Kaplan. “Thank you to Governor Newsom and President Biden for supporting our efforts to aid our community.”
The Oakland Council unanimously voted this week to approve Vice Mayor Kaplan’s and Councilmember Reid’s resolution calling on State and Federal support for mass vaccination at the Oakland Coliseum.
“The cause that unites us here today has been amplified by our new president, President Biden, we are pleased and privileged as they announced earlier, nationally to identify here in California their new pilot site,” said Newsom.
This site was chosen to make sure that communities that are often left behind, are not left behind but prioritized in terms of the administration of these vaccines, according to a media announcement.
The announcement said the partnership with FEMA and the offices of emergency services will be working with the county and local officials, hiring local individuals from the community, creating opportunities, creating jobs to distribute what is hoped to be a minimum of 6,000 doses a day.