On the eve of Super Bowl weekend, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell wrote to President Biden to tell him that each of the league’s 32 teams would “make their stadium available for mass vaccination to the general public.”
Driving news: Goodell wrote in the letter, dated Thursday, that it could be done faster “because many of our clubs have offered their facilities as COVID testing centers as well as election sites over the past several months.”
why it matters: It continues an effort by the NFL to use its unique footprint to help the US overcome the epidemic.
- The fact that a Super Bowl is also being played amid the epidemic reflects the odds of successful navigation of the NFL that once threatened to stop or close the season.
- Surprisingly, the league played all 256 regular-season games, with none being canceled, AP reports.
- The NFL is treating 7,500 vaccinated health care workers around the country in an epidemic-shrinking crowd for Sunday’s game in Tampa.
Goodell’s letter says The NFL “is committed to do our part to ensure that vaccines are widely accessible in our communities.”
- The clubs will make the stadium available “in coordination with local, state and federal health officials”.
Read full letter Through DocumentCloud.