FOXBORO (CBS) – Gillette Stadium officially opened on Monday as the first mass vaccination site for first responders and healthcare workers in Massachusetts. Cambridge-based CIC Health is operating the site, Fallon Ambulance is administering the vaccines, and Mass. General Brigham is providing medical oversight.
The Gillette facility will begin with the capacity to administer 300 shots a day then over time build up to 5,000 vaccinations a day.READ MORE: The Roaring 2020s? A Look At What The Post-Pandemic Economy Could Look Like
This is the first sports venue in the northeast converted into a mass vaccination site. They started issuing vaccines last week to staff members.READ MORE: Police Search For Suspect After Report Of Shots Fired At Salem Walmart
“I was already excited to get the shot in the first place and then just to be able to come here,” said one woman there. “When you go to the doctor’s office everyone there is sick, you’re nervous and looking around like ‘get me out of here.’ But here, it’s very bright, open, everyone is excited. Everyone is excited to get this rolled out and get everyone vaccinated, so it’s a good energy.”
Fenway Park is next in line to become a vaccination venue, potentially as soon as next month.MORE NEWS: Massachusetts Reopening Plan: COVID Restrictions Loosen Monday, Including Restaurant Capacity
Vaccines will be available by appointment only through the CIC Health website.