More sports stadiums set to be used as COVID-19 vaccination sites

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Every NFL stadium within the U.S. can change into a COVID-19 vaccination website, in accordance to the soccer league’s high official.

The stadiums can be shortly retrofitted for vaccines as a result of the buildings had been used for coronavirus testing, commissioner Roger Goodell mentioned in a letter Friday to President Joe Biden. Some stadiums have already been remodeled into vaccination sites in latest weeks, Goodell mentioned, together with the house amenities for the Arizona Cardinals, Atlanta Falcons and different groups.

Our efforts will not stop there,” Goodell mentioned within the letter. “The NFL and our 32 member clubs are committed to doing our part to ensure that vaccines are as widely accessible in our communities as possible.

Mr. Biden will take Goodell up on his provide, the president mentioned in an interview with CBS Evening News” anchor and magaging editor Norah O’Donnell. Asked if he would use the NFL stadiums as vaccination sites, Mr. Biden mentioned, “Absolutely we will.”

And, I mean, let me put it this way — I tell my team they’re available and I believe we’ll use them,” the president continued. “Look, it was one thing if we had enough vaccines, which we didn’t. So we’re pushing as hard as we can to get more vaccines manufactured.

The NFL’s dedication to pitch in to the vaccination effort might enhance most of the states that have struggled to ramp up the variety of individuals getting pictures amid bottlenecks in vaccine and logistical hurdles.

NFL gamers and crew workers have acquired COVID-19 testing at stadiums and observe amenities. But for a lot of groups, opening the stadium to vaccinations would mark the primary time the general public has been round in months.

Converting an “iconic landmark”

Football is not the one sport utilizing its amenities for vaccines — MLB is getting in on the act as effectively. Yankee Stadium in New York City is one in every of eight baseball stadiums now serving as a vaccination heart within the weeks earlier than the official begin of the 2021 season.

Public well being officers will be administering vaccines at Yankee Stadium by appointment solely from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days every week to residents of the Bronx. The New York City borough is dwelling to greater than 1.4 million individuals, a few third of them born exterior the United States.

“The Bronx’s most iconic landmark is the perfect solution to helping this borough get vaccinated and defeat COVID once and for all,” New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo said final week. The Bronx has the best rate of optimistic coronavirus checks of the town’s 5 boroughs.

NBA and NHL stadiums haven’t been changed into vaccination facilities as groups from each sports are in full swing of their 2020-21 seasons.

Here is a listing of some sports franchises which have already opened their doorways and now permit public well being officers to use their amenities to administer doses.

  • Hard Rock Stadium, dwelling of the Miami Dolphins in Florida
  • State Farm Stadium, dwelling of the Arizona Cardinals
  • Mercedes-Benz Stadium, dwelling of the Atlanta Falcons in Georgia
  • M&T Bank Stadium, dwelling of the Baltimore Ravens in Maryland
  • NRG Stadium, dwelling of the Houston Texans
  • The Big House, University of Michigan’s soccer stadium
  • Broadbent Arena, former hockey stadium in Kentucky
  • Fenway Park, dwelling of the Boston Red Sox in Massachusetts
  • Yankee Stadium, dwelling of the New York Yankees
  • Levi Stadium, dwelling of the San Francisco 49ers in California
  • Marlins Park, dwelling of the Miami Marlins in Florida
  • Petco Park, dwelling of the San Diego Padres in California
  • Dodger Stadium, dwelling of the Los Angeles Dodgers in California
  • Oakland Coliseum, dwelling of the Oakland Athletics in California
  • PNC Arena, the house of the Carolina Hurricanes in North Carolina