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Photos: Gillette Stadium officially opens as state’s first mass vaccination site

The stadium had a soft launch last week.

Foxborough Police Officer Brendan Fayles got his vaccination at Gillette Stadium Friday during the site's soft launch.

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The home of the New England Patriots is now the home of Massachusetts’ first mass COVID-19 vaccination site.

The effort to administer more shots at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro began Monday after a soft launch last week. The site, which was announced by Gov. Charlie Baker last Tuesday and is managed by Cambridge tech company CIC Health, is aiming for at least 300 vaccinations a day with plans to increase to 5,000 daily. There are reportedly 500 appointments already scheduled for each day this week.

With plenty of space and storage, sports stadiums are natural spots for vaccination sites. Fenway Park is also reportedly expected to become a site for shots.

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Anyone who can get vaccinated in Massachusetts’ Phase 1 vaccine rollout — including frontline healthcare workers, first responders, and nursing home residents — can schedule an appointment at Gillette on the CIC Health website. Appointments are available from 9 to 5, Monday through Friday, with extended hours expected soon.

See some photos of the official launch of vaccinations at Gillette Stadium below:

First responders received vaccinations during the opening day of vaccinations at the Gillette Stadium/CIC Health COVID-19 Vaccination Site, the first large-scale vaccination site in Massachusetts.

Samantha Schuko, RN draws up a dose of the Moderna vaccine.

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Nicole Burgett-Yandow of Tewksbury, a nurse practitioner at Urgent Care rolled up her sleeve for the vaccination.

Dentist Sandra Ameri and endodontist Mark Emami take a selfie together with Gillette Stadium behind them after getting the Moderna vaccine.

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