The NFL is “dedicated to doing our half to make sure that vaccines are as broadly accessible in our group as potential,” Goodell wrote Biden. To that finish, every group “will make its stadium accessible for mass vaccinations of most of the people in coordination with native, state, and federal well being officers,” he stated.
Goodell famous that vaccine operations could possibly be arrange swiftly “as a result of a lot of our golf equipment have supplied their services beforehand as COVID testing facilities, in addition to election websites over the previous a number of months.”
The NFL has 32 groups, however solely 30 stadiums as a result of groups share websites in New York and Los Angeles.
Different sports activities groups, together with Main League Baseball’s Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Yankees, have additionally supplied their services for vaccination websites. Anti-vaxxer protesters briefly shut down a vaccination operation at Dodger Stadium final week.
Vaccines are already being supplied on the NFL stadiums of the Arizona Cardinals, Atlanta Falcons, Baltimore Ravens, Carolina Panthers, Houston Texans, Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots.
The NFL is offering free tickets to 7,500 vaccinated well being care employees to Sunday’s Tremendous Bowl in Tampa, Florida, between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs “in gratitude kind their heroic service and to spotlight the significance of vaccinations,” Goodell famous in his letter to Biden.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, Biden’s chief medical adviser on the coronavirus pandemic, on Wednesday warned Tremendous Bowl followers to not get along with associates to observe the sport.
“Each time we’ve got one thing like this, there all the time is a spike” in COVID-19 instances, warned Fauci, the director of the Nationwide Institute of Allergy and Infectious Ailments.
“Benefit from the sport, watch it on tv, however do it with the fast members of your loved ones, the individuals in your family,” he stated. “As a lot enjoyable as it’s to get collectively in a giant Tremendous Bowl celebration, now is just not the time to do this.”
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