Six Flags Magic Mountain will be Covid vaccination site

Posted Sunday, January 17, 2021 10:10 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Five large COVID-19 vaccination sites, including Six Flags Magic Mountain, are slated to open next week in Los Angeles County as public health officials accelerate preparations for an expected surge in demand after this week’s expansion of the vaccine eligibility list to residents 65 and older.

Read more from The LA Times.

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Sunday, January 17, 2021 8:20 PM
OhioStater's avatar

More states need to start setting up centers like this. Of course it relies on having enough available, but this is a smart solution.

In Ohio, Dewine has discussed using large facilities (such as arenas on college campuses) to do this very thing.


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Sunday, January 17, 2021 8:26 PM

If only we get to a point later this year where an open amusement park could also have a COVID vaccination tent on property. Head to Cedar Point, get a return time for Steel Vengeance, Maverick, and a time to get your COVID shot in the Lakeside Pavilion. Or set up a COVID vaccine center in the Disney parks inside the closed theaters.

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Sunday, January 17, 2021 10:10 PM

Better if we can get the vaccination program on track so that it’s mostly done by the time the park opens...

So far Ohio has administered about as many vaccines started in a month as we had “confirmed and probable” infections in about 330 days. In Ohio, the infection rate appears to be slowing; hopefully the vaccination rate will be climbing.

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Tuesday, January 19, 2021 9:23 AM

Hmm, this almost screams of something for the IX Center. I mean it used to be an amusement park at times. :-)

No, in all seriousness, this is something I'm glad to see happen. I think Southern California has an advantage from a climate standpoint - don't know how many would want to go to Cedar Point right now for a vaccination - and also has a population density argument that makes these very favorable uses for the parks. The challenge I think will be having enough vaccine to keep these high volume sites going.

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Friday, January 22, 2021 7:50 PM

Water World in Denver, Colorado has been a free testing site since the start of the pandemic and has been a great use of their parking lots to help process people. If you can't open, might as well use your land for tax write off purposes and community health.

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Friday, January 22, 2021 10:16 PM
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OhioStater said:

More states need to start setting up centers like this. Of course it relies on having enough available, but this is a smart solution.

In Ohio, Dewine has discussed using large facilities (such as arenas on college campuses) to do this very thing.


No, California needs to be more like other states. CA is 50th out of 50 when it comes to the vaccination rate. Usually last place in health care is reserved for places like Mississippi or Alabama...but not in this instance. CA's notoriously awful bureaucracy is really hitting home this time.


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Saturday, January 23, 2021 8:07 PM
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According to this data from 1/19, California is 4th worst, behind Alabama, Georgia, and Nevada. BUT, keep in mind that this is a PERCENTAGE of population, not numbers of people vaccinated.

California has vaccinated 3% of 40 million people, or 1.2 million people.

Alaska has the highest rate of vaccination at 7.6%, but that's out of 725,000 people, only about 55,000 people.

The true test, though, is the number of vaccinated people per vaccines available. If a state has received 100,000 doses and vaccinated 100,000 people then that's 100% turnaround. Another state has received 500,000 doses but only vaccinated 200,000 people. State B has vaccinated twice as many as state A, but who's doing the better job of distribution?


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Saturday, January 23, 2021 9:01 PM
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bjames said:

CA's notoriously awful bureaucracy is really hitting home this time.

I'd be curious to know if there is any evidence for this claim. I live in CA and I'm not seeing any red tape in getting vaccines distributed and into arms. There are definitely other possible explanations, including the fact that 3% of California is more than 8 states' total population or that it's the third largest state in the union.

It may also be of note that Idaho and South Carolina also have rates of 3.0%.

Just because I'm a data nerd, I (had a website) calculate the stats. Each state is weighted the same.

Count, N: 50
Sum, Σx: 210.2
Mean, μ: 4.204
Variance, σ2: 1.146784
Standard Deviation, σ: 1.0708800119528

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Thursday, January 28, 2021 4:07 AM
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I'd be curious to know if there is any evidence for this claim. I live in CA and I'm not seeing any red tape in getting vaccines distributed and into arms.


Oh there is definitely legal red tape holding up the vaccinations in California. I work for a company that is doing the vaccine clinics at nursing homes and long-term care facilities, and running these clinics. There was a period of several weeks where we had the vaccines in cold-storage ready to go, had nursing homes signed up and ready to go, and it took several WEEKS before we could even start giving vaccines. The facilities had to sign up, had to sign a contract, contracts had to go to government agencies to get approved, huge amount of paperwork for every patient that does not need to be done in other states, minimum time frame between signing up and starting the vaccinations, etc. It's wild. I have associates in other states and there is a huuuuuuge difference.One thing that's funny about the way the media is reporting outcomes though... when they say things like "California has 500,000 unused vaccines sitting around!" they're not making clear the obvious that a huge percentage of those unused vaccines are already allocated for Round 2 of people who already got vaccinated. Every time someone gets their dose, they automatically cause another dose to sit unused for 3 weeks to get their second dose.

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Monday, February 1, 2021 7:24 AM

Illinois is hit or miss. The state is currently in group 1B. My mom was invited by Meijer to get a vaccine but my dad hasn't had the same luck. Both are over 65. My wife and I are both teachers. I'm scheduled to get my first jab tomorrow but she is still hunting for an appointment. We work in different counties which complicates things further. I think I am able to get vaccinated tomorrow because our superintendent publicly shamed county leadership. On Monday he was on the radio criticizing the failures of county leadership. By Wednesday the county suddenly had 7,000 doses available for education sector employees.

Update: My wife and father were able to secure shots at Jewel-Osco on Wednesday. My wife happened to check their website when they released a 2 week window of shots.

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