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Mariners to vaccinate fans during games – MLB.com


SEATTLE — The Mariners are the first team in Major League Baseball that will make COVID-19 vaccines available to fans attending games at T-Mobile Park.

The club announced plans Monday to do so via a partnership with the City of Seattle and Sounders FC, which began executing a similar process at its match on Sunday.

The plan is for this to be an ongoing availability at Mariners home games until further notice, beginning with Tuesday’s 7:10 p.m. PT contest against the Orioles.

No appointment is needed. Vaccines will be offered on a walk-up basis at three locations inside T-Mobile Park:

• Edgar’s Home Run Porch, near the left-field foul pole
• Near section 105
• Rooftop Boardwalk on the View level (300 level)

Vaccinations will be administered by Seattle Fire Department EMS personnel, and Virginia Mason Franciscan Health will have staff and volunteers on hand to support the process. Vaccines are free of charge and will be available upon gates opening two hours prior to first pitch. Only those ages 18 and older who have not already received their first dose are eligible.

Fans who are eligible to receive the vaccine will have the choice of a single-dose Johnson & Johnson shot or the first dose of the Moderna vaccine. Those receiving the Moderna shot will be able to schedule their second dose at one of the City of Seattle’s community vaccination sites at the Lumen Field Event Center, Rainier Beach or West Seattle.

“Getting vaccinated is the most important thing we can all do to protect ourselves, our families and our community. By partnering with Virginia Mason Franciscan Health and the City of Seattle to offer vaccinations at our games, we can help our community move closer to ending the COVID-19 pandemic,” John Stanton, Mariners chairman and managing general partner, said in a statement.

For those unable to receive a vaccine at a Mariners game, the Lumen Field Event Center location across the street from T-Mobile Park is administering no-appointment vaccinations on Wednesdays and Saturdays. For information about other vaccine locations, or to schedule an appointment, click here.

Virginia Mason Franciscan Health has administered more than 300,000 vaccines to date across the health system. Community members are also welcome to visit the health system’s website to sign up for vaccination appointments as available by clicking here.

“The City of Seattle is proud to partner with our Seattle Mariners to offer in-game vaccinations to fans,” Seattle mayor Jenny A. Durkan said in a statement. “As we begin the final stretch of our vaccination effort, we’ll keep bringing the COVID-19 vaccine directly to our eligible communities, and Tuesday’s game is no exception. We’ll see our Mariners fans at the ballpark this Tuesday for a vaccination and a win. Go Mariners!”

“Having a presence at our City’s sporting events allows us to go where the people are to provide vaccinations,” Seattle Fire Chief Harold Scoggins said. “We want to make access to the vaccine as easy as possible, and are excited to announce that Mariners fans can now attend Tuesday’s game with family and friends, and also receive either their first dose of the Moderna vaccine or a single dose of Johnson & Johnson. Let’s hit a home run, Seattle, and give this our best shot!”

And Andrew Ross, MD, medical director, sports sponsorships, Virginia Mason Franciscan Health: “Our organization welcomes the opportunity to partner with the Mariners in supporting the COVID vaccination effort in our community.”

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