Vaccination site opens at Disneyland Paris

Disneyland Paris may still be closed to families with children looking to meet Mickey Mouse… but its convention center opened Saturday as a new mass vaccination site.

Now, some 60 people are working to get COVID-19 shots in arms - at a venue normally used for corporate events.

Officials say the opening of this site is in line with an accelerated vaccination campaign:

"We will start, this weekend, with an operation of 1,500 vaccinations per day on Saturday and Sunday. We will then resume next weekend and then, depending on the additional deliveries of doses, we are aiming to reach 3,000 to 4,000 vaccinations per day fairly quickly."

And locals are taking advantage of the open appointment slots:

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: " I just turned 60 and, by chance, I stumbled upon this center that is opening. There were free slots so I did not hesitate for a minute.”

It remains unclear when Disneyland Paris will reopen its theme park to visitors.

French health officials say over 5900 COVID patients are in intensive care units, and although the number had dipped slightly, the figure remains at a very high level as France prepares to exit its third lockdown.

The country will lift domestic travel restrictions from May 3 but a 7 p.m. curfew will remain in place until the virus is under control.