Baker administration partners with Red Sox to increase COVID-19 vaccine access

BOSTON — During a news conference on Wednesday, Governor Charlie Baker announced a partnership with the Boston Red Sox and other community partners to increase access to vaccines for disproportionately impacted communities.

The Baker-Polito administration proclaimed “Red Sox Week” at the Hynes Convention Center that will run from April 19 until April 25. It is a week-long initiative to boost vaccine access by distributing over 20,000 first dose vaccination appointments for communities of color across the Bay State that are majority impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Appointments will be scheduled through grassroots outreach efforts by community partners, including The BASE, El Mundo, CIC Heath, FEMA, Archipelago Strategies Group, Healthcare for All, and Boston Public Health Commission, and the Red Sox Foundation.

The governor added that “Red Sox Week” at the Hynes will include bi-lingual Spanish-speaking staff and volunteers, Spanish signage to help direct guests through the onsite registration, vaccination process, and Red Sox-themed attractions. These attractions include Red Sox trophies, a selfie station, a raffle to win a ticket to a Red Sox game, and socially distanced visits with Wally the Green Monster.

Officials also said that residents who have their second dose scheduled for Hynes next week will have their appointments honored. This week the Community Vaccination Clinic at the Hynes Convention Center was allocated 84,240 doses.

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