Disneyland resort to be transformed into mass coronavirus vaccination site

Vaccinations at the park are likely to begin this week (Image: Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

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A Disneyland resort is to be transformed into a mass coronavirus vaccination site.

Disneyland's sprawling resort will be used to vaccinate thousands in Orange County, California – according to the state's health officials.

In a statement, they said the site wold be one of five large "point-of-dispensing' vaccine sites.

Supervisor Doug Chaffee, whose district covers Disneyland, said large-scale vaccination sites are “absolutely critical in stopping this deadly virus.”

Jabs at the vaccine site as expected to given as early as this week – with those eligible first being healthcare workers and those in long-term care facilities.

California has seen more than 30,000 deaths from coronavirus and almost 2.8 million cases.

The park will be used as a mass vaccination site
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