Mercedes-Benz Stadium to become Southeast's largest COVID-19 vaccination site

March 23,2021

Brooke Zauner and FOX 5 Digital Team, FOX 5 Atlanta

The Southeast's largest COVID-19 vaccination site will soon be located right in downtown Atlanta.

Starting Wednesday, Mercedes-Benz Stadium will be able to distribute 42,000 vaccines a week - or 6,000 a day.

The project, which is a collaboration between FEMA, the Georgia Department of Public Health, Fulton County, the Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, and the stadium.

On Tuesday, Governor Brian Kemp along with other federal and state leaders toured the site.

"I would argue that no event that has taken place here at Mercedes-Benz will be as important as what's about to take place here over the next several weeks," said Steve Cannon, CEO of AMB Sports and Entertainment.

The White House says that the site will be run by mostly federal staff with help from the state and local governments and will run seven days a week for at least eight weeks.

"One of the beautiful things about this location is it's not drive up, it's a walk-up facility. We want to go ahead and remove barriers," explained Matthew Kallmyer, Director at Atlanta Fulton County Emergency Management Agency.

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