As COVID-19 vaccinations were ramping up across the United States, it was an obvious decision — Brookfield Properties would help distribute vaccinations to communities in need.
Brookfield Properties has always operated on the tenet that the safety of our shoppers, communities, and employees is our number one priority. This principle especially rang true during the COVID-19 pandemic, a time where we had to rethink safety measures and how to effectively meet the needs of our communities. With the number one need over the past several months being the need to get vaccinated, Brookfield Properties saw an opportunity to help out. Our malls are situated in easily accessible locations and have ample parking, making these spaces an ideal — and convenient — place for people to get vaccinated.
"Our properties are gathering places within their communities, so it was an easy decision to provide space to assist our communities with COVID vaccinations. Thus far, 30 properties have provided space for COVID vaccination clinics. To date, over one million vaccinations have been administered at our properties." - Stephanie Brager, SVP of Property Management, Brookfield Properties.
One property that has led the fight against COVID-19 is Sooner Mall in Norman, Oklahoma. Back in June 2020, the property transformed its parking lot into a COVID-19 testing site, creating a space where community members could drive by and easily get tested. Now, Sooner Mall is the host of a vaccination site that has distributed 33,000+ vaccines since January 2021.
Stonebriar Centre in Frisco, Texas, was also a key player in vaccinating local residents. The City of Frisco administered 69,296 doses at the mall’s vaccine hub between February 2 and April 15. This effort was a true collaboration — more than 700 city employees, including 111 firefighter-paramedics, participated to run the vaccine clinic.
As vaccine distribution is winding down, we are proud of the contributions we have made to our communities and are hopeful that everyone remains safe and healthy.