CHULA VISTA, Calif.—Serena and Francisco Cortez, a married couple, recently went to get their first Covid-19 vaccine shots in the San Diego area, expecting a bureaucratic maze of long lines and red tape.
Instead, inside the old Sears store housing the South Bay Vaccination Super Station, cheerful greeters were on hand and peppy ’80s dance tunes blared from loudspeakers. After the Cortezes received their doses and headed to the observation area, a gantlet of dancing volunteers waved sparkly pompoms and yelled: “Woohoo! You did it!”
In the hardest of years, almost nothing related to Covid-19 has been joyful. But as the giant vaccine rollout in the U.S. is rapidly widening in its fourth month, some inoculation sites have become intense wells of excitement. Visiting these places feels less like waiting in line for airport security and more like waiting for a Disney ride. In fact, in a sign of these odd times, there is a vaccine station at Disneyland, and some people arrive in Mickey ears, says an Anaheim city spokesman.
“We felt like we were walking down the red carpet,” said Ms. Cortez, who works in retail, selling shoes.
Mr. Cortez, a utility employee, beamed: “I was totally digging the pompoms! That was kind of fun.”