BOSTON (CBS) – Hynes Convention Center opened as the state’s newest mass vaccination center Thursday. The move comes as part of a plan to close the Fenway Park site before the Red Sox season begins.

The last day Fenway Park will offer COVID vaccine doses will be March 27.

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CIC Health, which operates several mass vaccination sites around Massachusetts, started with a soft launch at the convention center on Boylston Street Thursday. The official launch will be Monday.

The two sites will both be open for several weeks before Fenway closes.

Doses of the Pfizer vaccine will be administered at Hynes, but CIC said that could change at a later date depending on state’s distribution plan.

Initially the site will have capacity for 500 daily appointments, before increasing to 1,000 next week and eventually, 9,000 per day.

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The site will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week starting March 22 by appointment only.

“We are humbled to have been given the opportunity to help Massachusetts become a leader in vaccine rollout. We are beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel,” said Tim Rowe, CEO and co-founder of CIC Health.

Every resident age 16 and older in Massachusetts will be eligible for a COVID vaccine starting April 19.

The full timeline is available at mass.gov/COVIDVaccinePhases.

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Visit Mass.Gov/CovidVaccine to find out when you’re eligible and to book an appointment or call the hotline at 211.

CBSBoston.com Staff