The Red Sox continue to aid in the fight against COVID
As the baseball world is at a standstill many are turning their attention to the holidays and their upcoming get-togethers with friends and family. While for many, COVID has become just a normal part of the conversation as it’s been in our lives for what feels like a lifetime, it’s still very much a major issue affecting the world. With gatherings about to pick up in a hurry, the Red Sox are stepping up to keep people safe.
In order to help continue the fight against coronavirus, the Red Sox will once again open up Fenway Park in order to help those that are seeking out the booster, Per Nik DeCosta-Klipa of Boston.com. When the vaccines were first made available to the public we saw arenas and ballparks, such as Fenway Park, around the country open up in order to help people get vaccinated.
This time around, Fenway will strictly be used as a booster site only instead of a mass vaccination site. Now that more and more people are eligible for the booster shot places are seeing an overwhelming amount of traffic that they can’t keep up with. Having Fenway Park open up to give some relief to smaller pharmacies will only help get more booster shots into the arms of those that want them.
Governor Charlie Baker spoke to the fact that the city has plenty of inventory but it’s more an issue with the distribution. There are plenty of boosters to go around to those that are already vaccinated, but getting them to the population is the hurdle they’re trying to get over.
"“There is not a shortage with respect to available boosters,” Baker said Monday. “The issue for us is creating capacity. We have over 1,000 sites that are currently available. We’re going to continue to work to see if we can build on that going forward.”"
During the initial push, more than 56,000 citizens received their vaccinations at Fenway Park, and now the “Cathedral of Boston,” as it’s so eloquently described in ‘The Town,” will help countless continue to protect themselves against COVID. DeCosta-Klipa mentions that less than 1/3 of the vaccinated population have received a booster due to appointments being harder to find than a Golden Ticket to visit Willy Wonka.
For those that are seeking a booster shot and have had trouble finding an appointment, this is great news. Fenway is currently the only pro-sports building not in use as the Celtics, Bruins, and Patriots are still plugging away. While we won’t see the massive push we did when the vaccines first became available, what the Red Sox are doing is a giant step in the right direction.