Stanford gets FEMA funds for vaccination sites
Stanford Health Care will receive $16.8 million to distribute and administer COVID-19 vaccines at six sites throughout the Bay Area, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced in a statement on Feb. 5.
The FEMA grant will cover Stanford's expenses for personal protective equipment, facility costs and miscellaneous supplies required to store, handle, transport and administer the vaccines.
Stanford could receive more money from FEMA after it submits documentation showing any additional costs, FEMA officials said.
Under FEMA's Public Assistance Program, government organizations and certain private nonprofits can receive grants to aid their disaster response after a presidential disaster declaration is issued, such as the March 13, 2020, declaration concerning the COVID-19 pandemic.
"FEMA continues working with our partners — including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other federal agencies — along with state, tribal and territorial authorities, private sector partners and others to assist, augment and expedite vaccinations in the United States.
We remain committed to helping Americans in their time of need and will continue to work with our partners to stop the spread of this disease," FEMA said.
Levi's Stadium becomes host to vaccination site
The largest COVID-19 vaccination site in the state opened this week at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara.
Santa Clara County and the San Francisco 49ers have partnered to open the site with the capacity to vaccinate 5,000 county residents per day.
As vaccine supply increases, plans are to vaccinate up to 15,000 people per day at the site.
"We recognize the urgent need for an effective and equitable vaccination effort for our community," said 49ers president Al Guido.
The stadium site will be the fourth mass vaccination site in the county. The Mountain View Community Center is among the county's three current vaccination sites.
Levi's Stadium staff is working with Santa Clara County Health System leaders, local contractors and other health care workers to ensure the vaccination site can open by next week.
The county's health system, the second largest in the state, will staff and operate the site.
"The only way we are going to get through this pandemic is together," said County Supervisor Susan Ellenberg. "Our county has a history of leading and opening California's largest vaccination site in partnership with the 49ers is just another example of this."
Santa Clara County houses of worship can resume indoor services at 20% of capacity following a temporary court order Monday, Feb. 8, county officials said.
Health officials in the county strongly discourage any indoor services no matter how few people gather because of the health risk involved.
Religious groups have been gathering in other ways for months and are encouraged to use the same methods to avoid the risk to the health of their members and the public, county officials said.
"We are disappointed by the temporary order of the federal district court," county Counsel James R. Williams said in a statement. "COVID-19 continues to pose a serious risk in our community, and unfortunately no court decision can decree otherwise."
Indoor gatherings of other kinds are still prohibited. People who decide to worship indoors must abide by all other safety rules such as social distancing and the wearing of masks.
Comprehensive COVID-19 coverage
View interactive charts tracking the spread of the coronavirus in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties online at paloaltoonline.atavist.com/tracking-the-coronavirus. Find a comprehensive collection of coverage on the Midpeninsula's response to the new coronavirus by The Almanac and its sister publications, Palo Alto Online, and the Mountain View Voice, at tinyurl.com/c19-Almanac.
CalMatters and Bay City News Service contributed to this report.
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