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Gillette Stadium Opens As State's First Mass COVID Vaccination Site For First Responders

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.

This is the first sports venue in the northeast converted into a mass vaccination site. They started issuing vaccines last week to staff members.

"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.

Vaccines will be available by appointment only through the CIC Health website.

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