Building mass vaccination sites for COVID-19 is more complex than people think. The space to be used need to be huge enough to accommodate crowds without compromising the safety of the staff and the people, easily accessible to the general public, and have basic amenities like parking spaces.
So far, the US, UK, Germany, and Israel have already started orchestrating and setting up mass vaccination sites hub. In Berlin, the government made use of two airport terminals, an ice-skating rink, a velodrome, and a trade-fair hall, where they will administer the shots.
In the UK, the Epsom Downs Racecourse located south of London has opened in January, along with six other hubs that are operated by different trusts of the National Health Service (NHS). Recently, the U.K. government set up ten more sites, including Lancashire-based Blackburn Cathedral. In Bristol, the Ashton Gate Stadium have been transformed into a vaccination center as early as December, thanks to the help of the military.
On the other hand, mass vaccination facilities in the US are undergoing assembly in Fenway Park in Boston, Citi Field in New York, and outside Disneyland in California. President Joe Biden has also pledged to deliver a hundred million shots in his first 100 days in office. He recently released a 200-page national strategy document in mid-January, outlining a range of efforts to accelerate production and distribution that includes creating “as many venues for vaccination as needed.”
Italy has also joined the race of building mass vaccination hubs as it overcomes the vaccine resistance with style. Last December, the government announced a plan of creating a network of 1,500 vaccination pavilions set up in town squares. Other Italian inoculation centers are taking advantage of the country’s cultural venues. For instance, Turin plans to transform a portion of the 10th-century Castello di Rivoli, which now serves as a museum of contemporary art, into a vaccination hub. This will be the same case for the London Science Museum, as well.