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Disneyland Is Being Converted to Mass Vaccination Site in Orange County

Plus, James Beach gets vandalized, and Dr. Fauci says that live music events could reopen by the fall

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Mona Holmes is a reporter for Eater Los Angeles and a regular contributor to KCRW radio. She has covered restaurants, dining, and food culture since 2016. In 2022, the James Beard Foundation nominated her for a Jonathan Gold Local Voice Award.

Disneyland, which has been closed since last March, will reopen as a massive “Point-Of Dispensing” (aka a vaccine site) in the coming days, making the large property one of the biggest such centers in Southern California. The theme park will be Orange County’s first mass vaccination site, according to county officials, and is intended not only to push through hundreds of people per day when operating at capacity, but also to act as a symbol of sorts for a turn towards a better future. Fans and locals alike have been clamoring for Disneyland to reopen for months, as it has never been closed this long in its entire history. Orange County health department officials hope to complete all vaccinations by July 4.

With nearly 40 million people in the state, the California Department of Public Health is at the helm of this massive vaccination campaign, reports ABC-7. In Los Angeles, Dodger Stadium is presently converting from a testing to a vaccination site, with hopes of processing thousands of daily vaccinations at its height. More broadly, LA County hopes to vaccinate 500,000 more healthcare workers in the coming weeks. To accommodate that number, county officials will open five additional vaccine POD sites starting Jan. 19. Last week, L.A. County’s COVID-19 weekly average was approximately 211 deaths a day. Orange and LA Counties will prioritize healthcare workers first, then determine the next tier by a number of factors, which can be read here.

In other news:

  • Infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci believes concert venues and theaters could reopen this fall, reports Variety.
  • Venice’s James Beach was vandalized by taggers late last night. The restaurant is still temporarily closed, and cleaned up the facade fairly quickly.
  • Pasadena businesses suffering from losses during the pandemic from are eligible for a $7,500 grant from the city. Eligibility is for restaurants with five or fewer employees, operate out of a storefront, and own 51 percent of the business. Meanwhile out in Monrovia, local businesses are banding together to spread out their income to help save restaurants from going under.
  • Larchmont’s Village Pizzeria has reopened after a short hiatus, keeping hours Thursday through Sunday from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., for now.
  • The Irvine branch of 101 Noodle Express reopened in December, notes roving diner David R. Chan.
  • The former 4th Street Vine in Long Beach has new owners and a new name. When restaurants and bars are allowed to reopen fully, Vine will return to its original roots as an open-mic spot. During the pandemic, Vine will deliver booze, reports What Now Los Angeles.
  • DTLA omakase specialist Q Sushi started preparing takeout boxes last month. Michelin-starred chef Chef Hiro’s selections include a two-person omakase box for $400 with 20 pieces of nigiri and sashimi per person.