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Gillette Stadium Is First To Close In State's Plan To Wind Down Its 7 Mass Vaccination Sites

A megatron outside the stadium updates itself with the number of people that had been inoculated against COVID-19 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough. (Joseph Prezioso/AFP via Getty Images)
A megatron outside the stadium updates itself with the number of people that had been inoculated against COVID-19 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough. (Joseph Prezioso/AFP via Getty Images)

The mass vaccination site at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough is shutting down Monday — but not before delivering a few hundred more shots.

It's the first of seven state-run mega inoculation sites that will close within the next month.

The sites are shuttering as the state's focus turns to targeting specific communities with low vaccination rates.

"Everyone involved in the operation is celebrating, after achieving the goal of delivering shots to hundreds of thousands," said Rodrigo Martinez, with CIC Health, the company that managed operations at Gillette.

Martinez recalled how Gillette's scoreboard was used to show how many people they had vaccinated.

"And long story — you know where this goes 100,000 and 200[,000] and 300[,000] and 500[,000]," he said. "And by the time we close this Monday, the 14th, we will have done a little over 610,000 vaccinations at Gillette Stadium."

Martinez said it won't be difficult to quickly reopen the site if its needed.

Quincy Walters Twitter Reporter
Quincy Walters is a general assignment reporter for WBUR.

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