As of May 3, about 44% of people in the United States had received their first vaccine against COVID-19. Many of these injections are given in typical places like hospitals, pharmacies and doctor’s offices. But sometimes the vaccination takes place in more interesting places: remodeled movie theaters, empty sports stadiums, and abandoned malls or stores.
Below are some of the more unusual places people have received their COVID-19 vaccines.
1. In an old Woolworth store
“I walked into the mall and the staff at the local medical center were directing people to different showcases depending on the first or second dosage and the type of vaccine. My first and second doses were both at old Woolworths. For me, the troubling part was that all of this was happening next to the few small stores that remained open. It was a strange juxtaposition of people shopping and people getting vaccinated. For example, one activity is to prevent the spread and the other is to hasten. It was just weird. – Nicolás Esparza, dissemination coordinator
2. In an abandoned JCPenney
“My vaccination took place at JCPenney which is in the next town, West Lebanon, New Hampshire. The experience was somewhat surreal: standing in line in a huge abandoned, empty store while people [received] the directions and shots of men in uniform (National Guard) and masks appeared post-apocalyptic. But it was also very efficiently organized. Everything went quickly and smoothly. “- Udi Greenberg, historian
3. In a fancy hotel ballroom
“This is the first time that I have felt such hope in a long time. I had my vaccine in a ballroom, so I feel more candle-lit. But above all, I feel grateful. – Brittany Lute, RN
4. In a college football stadium
“I had mine at the Champions Club at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at the University of Florida. As [alumna] from the University of Florida, I’ve been to the stadium several times to cheer on the Gators during football games. I never imagined being there to get vaccinated during a global pandemic. “- Elsbeth Russell, Head of Content Marketing
5. In a Six Flags car park
“There were two entrances – one for vaccines and one for people going to the park, which was fun. We drove through several thousand cones to the overflow parking lot and stood in line. We got in, rolled down the window and took the picture without getting out of the car. Then they made us wait 15 minutes for the sighting – they tell you to honk your horn if you’re not feeling well. … It was super easy, extremely well organized and definitely the best experience I have had in a Six Flags. – Amanda Ach