Cincinnati has NFL’s blessing to make use of Bengals stadium for vaccinations however no plan in movement

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Cincinnati has the blessing of the NFL of using Bengals Stadium for vaccinations, but no plan is in motion

Updated: 10:06 PM EST February 8, 2021

The region’s first mass vaccination site comes to life in northern Kentucky this week. A COVID-19 vaccination center will open at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center on Thursday. Across the river, Paul Brown Stadium, which is said to have been a vaccination site for months, stands empty. Local health officials believe this could stay that way, at least for the near future. “We are currently in a phase where the supply of vaccines relative to demand is very limited,” said Kate Schroder, Special Advisor for the Health Collaborative. “But we have a lot of conversations about how we’re going, when another vaccine will go online, and when it will be more available. What are the best and most efficient ways to get as many people vaccinated as quickly as possible?” Seven NFL stadiums are already in use as vaccination sites in the country, including Gillette Stadium, where the Patriots play, and State Farm Stadium, where the Arizona Cardinals play. M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore is currently being converted into a vaccination site, as is Levi’s Stadium in Baltimore, the San Francisco area, which opens as a vaccination site on Tuesday. In a letter to President Joe Biden, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell wrote on Thursday: “Every NFL team will make their stadium available to the public for mass vaccination in coordination with local, state and federal health officials.” On the ground, Cincinnati’s Health Commissioner Melba Moore said in a statement to WLWT, “If and when a mass vaccination site is needed, the Cincinnati Health Department has been considering a number of options, including the Paul Brown Stadium.”

The region’s first mass vaccination site comes to life in northern Kentucky this week. A COVID-19 vaccination center will open at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center on Thursday.

Across the river, Paul Brown Stadium, which is said to have been a vaccination site for months, stands empty. Local health officials believe this could stay that way, at least for the near future.

“We are currently in a phase where the supply of vaccines relative to demand is very limited,” said Kate Schroder, Special Advisor for the Health Collaborative. “But we have a lot of conversations about how we’re going, when another vaccine will go online, and when it will be more available. What are the best and most efficient ways to get as many people vaccinated as quickly as possible?”

Seven NFL stadiums are already in use as vaccination sites across the country, including Gillette Stadium, where the Patriots play, and State Farm Stadium, where the Arizona Cardinals play.

The M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore is currently being converted into a vaccination site, as is Levi’s Stadium in the San Francisco area, which opens as a vaccination site on Tuesday.

In a letter to President Joe Biden, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell wrote on Thursday: “Every NFL team will make their stadium available to the public for mass vaccination in coordination with local, state and federal health officials.”

On the spot, Cincinnati’s health commissioner Melba Moore said in a statement to WLWT: “If a mass vaccination site is needed, the Cincinnati Health Department has been looking at a number of options, including the Paul Brown Stadium.”