Cathedrals to Cricket Grounds: 8 Iconic Places Transformed into Vaccine Centres

Cathedrals to Cricket Grounds: 8 Iconic Places Transformed into Vaccine Centres
Britain’s Salisbury Cathedral is functioning as a full-time vaccination venue today, Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Across the world, tourist hubs like stadiums and entertainment parks are being turned into vaccine centres

Aashna Dhiman
February 16 , 2021
08 Min Read

Many tourist spots across the world that once accommodated travellers now serve as COVID-19 vaccination venues. From churches to sports stadiums to amusement parks, any place with the required infrastructure is now playing a role in the global vaccination drive. Here's a look:

Salisbury Cathedral

 
 
 
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Home to the world’s oldest clock, and the tallest church spire in Britain, the Salisbury Cathedral continues to make history as a vaccination drive rolls out inside its grand halls. Imagine getting a jab here, with gold-painted altar pieces around you. The 800-year-old cathedral provides thousands of vaccine doses to the elderly and affected people every day. And patients are welcomed in with calming music tracks by Bach, Handel, and Pachelbel. It sure makes the experience of getting a syringe shot a lot more memorable for everyone.

Lord’s Cricket Ground

 
 
 
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The ‘Home of Cricket’ has come forward to extend its support in the vaccination drive by becoming the largest vaccine centre in the region and accomodating around a thousand people on its first day. This is not the first time that the Lord’s Cricket Ground is being used for non-cricket purposes. It was earlier used as an aircrew receiving centre during WWII where civilians turned up to join the Royal Air Force. These days, a cricketer whacking not a ball but a spiky red COVID-19 virus sign is seen at the iron gates, which bear the legend: "Aiming to knock COVID for 6”.

Blackpool Winter Gardens
Located in Blackpool city in the UK, the Winter Gardens houses a pavilion, a ballroom, and an opera house where many talented entertainers of the country are believed to have performed in the past. The 140-year-old entertainment hub is now transformed into a huge vaccination center which provides pre-vaccination health check-up to people aged 70 and above, followed by the final jab by trained medical staff.

Six Flags Magic Mountain
Formerly known as Magic Mountain, the amusement park was the first in the world to build the modern, 360-degree roller coaster for its visitors. Today, it is functioning as the Mega-POD (Point of Dispensing) in LA county. The park has a drive-through vaccination centre where people can get a jab by the trained staff, while they are seated comfortably inside their cars. This helps both staff and patients to follow social distancing and eliminates the possibility of crowding the place.

Sambadromes in Rio

At this time of the year, Rio de Janeiro’s Sambadrome would be preparing for the world’s most famous carnival parade. But this year, it is being used as a space for drive-thru immunisation for the elderly. Instead of floats, the broad avenue has a line of cars. The place has seen more than 40 years of carnival parades.

 
 
 
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Fenway Park
Established in Boston in 1912, America’s most beloved baseball park has now been turned into a COVID-19 vaccination venue. The doses are provided to citizens (both young and old) near the concession stand and a bar, which during baseball matches was a go-to place for fans to grab their hot dogs and pizzas.

 
 
 
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Being the second-largest vaccination centre in the Massachusetts state after Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, the stadium accommodates a thousand people in a day. Apart from the vaccination and observation area, the place also provides people a designated spot for their Fenway selfie.

Dodger Stadium
After spearheading the largest COVID-19 testing in the US, the home ground of the baseball team Los Angeles Dodgers, the Dodger Stadium is now using its premises to run the vaccination drive for citizens in LA, California. The place easily accommodates up to 12,000 people in a day and has been providing free-of-charge doses to its healthcare workers, and residents.

Selhurst Park
The home ground of Crystal Palace Football Club, Selhurst Park is being used for public vaccination drive in the city. Administered and organised by National Health Service (NHS), the COVID-19 vaccine is being provided to those who have received direct vaccination invitations from the team.

To ensure that frontline workers operate in a comfortable and spacious zone, the stadium has opened its Glaziers Lounge in the Main Stand to its staff, volunteers, and the invited people.

Disneyland Theme Park
After staying shut since mid-March, one of the most loved theme parks in California that used to welcome Disney fans from around the world, was finally opened for a bigger and larger mission – to accommodate people for the vaccine drive. The famous theme park won hearts when it announced that it had completed more than 100,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses in the state. During times of social distancing and safety, seeing a theme park transform into a mass vaccination centre is surely phenomenal to many.


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