The COVID-19 pandemic and the pausing of the world saw a lot of unexpected things happen. Places that we were used to going to for raves, such as the NOS Events Center in San Bernardino, CA became pop-up hospitals.
The end is hopefully near, as vaccines are rolling out across the country. Now, we’re seeing something else pop up: vaccination sites.
Goldenvoice, the parent of music festivals such as Coachella and Stagecoach, is talking with Riverside County about potentially setting up a mass COVID-19 vaccination site. Riverside County is where those two big festivals are held. While there is no confirmation that it will be at the same site as the festivals, we can always speculate. Coachella and Stagecoach have not been officially postponed yet, but with the way 2021 is looking, a festival of that scale won’t be possible until vaccinations are out.
In a Board of Supervisors meeting, Supervisor Manuel Perez said that Goldenvoice was being “helpful and supportive” in the efforts to vaccinate many, and their expertise in logistics and planning would be crucial to creating a pop up site. Goldenvoice handles thousands in the three weekends of Coachella and Stagecoach, so they could definitely handle a vaccination pop up.
Riverside County has vaccinated more than 28,000 people so far, and their next phase begins as early as next week. The first round included first responders and healthcare workers, and the next one has residents 75 years and older, teachers, and essential workers, such as those in childcare and grocery stores.