Gillette Stadium is set to open Monday as Massachusetts’ first mass coronavirus vaccination site for first responders.
Governor Charlie Baker announced last week that Foxborough Stadium would be transformed into a full-scale vaccination center. The first doses were to be administered to site staff last Thursday, and first responders were to be vaccinated on site on Monday.
The site was to administer 300 vaccines per day, then increase that number to 5,000 per day. “Potentially much bigger numbers” could follow, Baker said on Tuesday.
Commonwealth first responders began receiving doses of the COVID-19 vaccine on January 11. The group is ranked third in terms of priority in phase 1 of the state distribution plan. Frontline medical workers were the first. Residents and staff of long-term care facilities ranked second.
More than 115 vaccination centers have been set up across Massachusetts for first responders, including emergency medical technicians, firefighters and police.
The sites, including Gillette’s, will initially be available only to first responders and will later expand to eligible people as the state’s COVID-19 command center operates through the Commonwealth distribution plan.
The Foxborough site will be operated by CIC Health. Brigham and Women’s Hospital will serve as medical director, and Fallon Ambulance will support clinical staff, according to the governor, who thanked the Kraft family last week for allowing the state to use the stadium.
Massachusetts continues to be hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, with public health officials reporting 4,283 new infections from the viral respiratory infection on Sunday, the same day authorities identified the first case of the disease. very contagious strain of COVID-19 in Massachusetts which originated in the United Kingdom.
At least 448,311 Massachusetts residents contracted coronavirus on Sunday and 13,372 people in the state have died since the start of the public health crisis.
According to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Weekly Immunization Report, which is updated around 5 p.m. every Thursday, 206,190 cumulative doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered, 52,239 in the previous seven days.
The COVID-19 command center is working to set up additional mass vaccination sites across the Commonwealth, and more details will be available soon, authorities said.