Disneyland Paris To Become Mass Vaccination Site
We’ve got some exciting news from our Disney Parks abroad! According to a recent piece in Forbes, Disneyland Paris will be offering its space as a mass COVID-19 distribution site. It is hoped that this will be yet another step in quickening the pace of vaccine rollouts as cornavirus cases continue to surge through Europe!
Disneyland Paris has advised that vaccinations will be given on weekends and that the distribution site is outside of Disney’s Newport Bay Club hotel.
According to the report in Forbes, the vaccines site will aim to inoculate 1,000 people every Saturday and Sunday. It will be run by the local Seine-et-Marne fire department and overseen by the French Health authorities. Disney is not involved in the organization or distribution of vaccinations. The company is merely providing space for the initiative to be carried out.
As Europe continues to grapple with the Coronavirus, Disneyland Paris has had to remain closed. The hope was that the theme parks would reopen in April. However this has been postponed inevitably due to new spikes in COVID-19 cases.
As of going to print, Forbes tells us that 20.1% of the French population has received at least one dose of the vaccine. Only 7.5% of the French population has been fully vaccinated.
France has been opening a series of Mass Vaccination sights around the country in order to help speed up the amount people that are vaccinated. The country has set the goal of having administered 20 million shots by the middle of May. However, the country certainly has it’s work cut out for them. France has one of the highest rates of vaccine skepticism with 1/3 of the French saying in a recent poll that they would refuse to get the vaccine.
To put this in perspective, a mass vaccination site in Nice was forced to close after only 58 people showed up to a vaccination side that had 4,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine.
The country’s expected rise in vaccinations and lower case rates mean it will likely soon be easier for Americans to travel to France. Macron told CBS on Sunday that Americans who have been fully vaccinated are expected to be able to travel to the country this summer with a “special pass,” though details are still being finalized.