Coliseum vaccination site closing in April

Orange cones line the way in a parking lot at the Oakland Coliseum, where military dressed people point the way. A big blue tent that says "Governor's Office of Emergency Services" is set up.
The Oakland Coliseum site is one of two mass vaccination sites in the state. Photo by Howard Dyckoff.

Oakland has 25,870 COVID-19 cases. Alameda County has had 82,243 cases and 1,399 deaths. 

Vaccine updates in Oakland

To date, 808,611 vaccine doses have been administered, including 508,109 first doses and 309,878 full vaccinated. In Oakland, there 129,994 people have received at least one dose, including 76,177 who have been fully vaccinated.

NBC Bay Area reported that the Oakland Coliseum’s mass vaccination site will close in April.

KALW reported on the efforts of Radio B’alam, a streaming audio program for Mayan Guatemalans who speak Mam, an oral indigenous language. Henry Sales started the program to provide information to this community in which many neither speak or read Spanish or English. KALW reports that about a quarter of Mam-speakers tested for COVID-19 at an event last fall tested positive, but many continued to work because they had no health benefits or sick leave.

Apes at the Oakland Zoo are also slated to receive a modified COVID-19 vaccine, SFist reports.

School reopening, teachers may not be there

KRON reports that some Oakland teachers do not plan to return to in-person learning this week during the voluntary time frame. The report notes that 38 percent of teachers opted to return to class this week. The reopening effort has been critiqued by some teachers and observers as not centering equity and being driven by more affluent and white parents. KRON’s report focuses on Hillcrest, Montclair, and Cleveland Elementary Schools-schools located in the hills and east of the lake. 

Chinatown update

Bloomberg reported on the community safety project in Oakland’s Chinatown as a “model” for other communities nationwide.The “ambassador” model is an alternative to law enforcement. Last week, Oakland Voices’ Momo Chang highlighted the recent vigil at Madison Park, from Oakland to Atlanta. There was also a rally on Friday, NBC Bay Area reported.

Every Monday and Thursday, Rasheed Shabazz and Momo Chang produce the Oakland ‘Rona Roundup, COVID-19 related stories impacting the Town.

Author Profile

Rasheed Shabazz is a multimedia storyteller, urban planning historian, and youth development professional based in the Bay Area. He is co-director of Oakland Voices. He recently completed his Masters of City and Regional Planning at UC Berkeley. 

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