White House, Ga. officials to open vaccine site at Mercedes-Benz Stadium

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January 13, 2021 Atlanta: Mercedes-Benz Stadium was illuminated in the early morning fog as Atlantans had a cold morning start to the day on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021. (John Spink / John.Spink@ajc.com)

By Eric Stirgus

The site will be capable of administering approximately 42,000 doses per week

The White House announced Friday it’s partnering with state officials to open a new community vaccination center at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in downtown Atlanta.

The site will be capable of administering approximately 42,000 doses per week and will operate seven days a week for an eight-week period. During this pilot period, the federal government will provide limited direct vaccine allocation to the site through the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The site is expected to be up and running in the next two weeks, federal officials said.

Gov. Brian Kemp thanked federal and state officials on social media moments after the announcement.

Representatives from FEMA, Fulton County, the Georgia Emergency Management Agency, Georgia Department of Public Health and other supporting partners are scheduled to meet Friday to develop the plans for site setup and operations.

The site was selected by using a range of criteria that included socioeconomic status, minority status, languages, housing type and transportation. Fulton County has a 15% poverty rate and more than 10% of its households do not have a vehicle.

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