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Yankee Stadium to Serve as Mass COVID-19 Vaccination Site

Blake SchusterSenior Analyst IJanuary 13, 2021

New York Yankee fans Sonny Gutic, left, and Jared Fritch look at the facade outside Gate 4 of the new Yankee Stadium before watching the Yankees work out Thursday, April 2, 2009, at the stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
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Yankee Stadium is soon to join Citi Field as a mass COVID-19 vaccination site in New York City, according to Brendan Kuty of NJ Advance Media.

The Yankees confirmed the team is in the "final stages" to host vaccinations as doses continue to roll out nationwide.

"The New York Yankees reached out several months ago to both New York City and New York State to offer Yankee Stadium as a potential vaccination host location," a team spokesman told Kuty. "Ongoing dialogue resulted in a call earlier today from New York City officials to the Yankees organization, and we are currently working with city representatives to finalize details that will enable us to utilize Yankee Stadium as a vaccination site. We are gratified knowing that Yankee Stadium will serve our community in such a vital and meaningful way."

Earlier on Tuesday, NYC mayor Bill de Blasio announced Citi Field, the home of the New York Mets, will begin distributing vaccines 24 hours per day by the end of January. De Blasio said "even Yankees fans" would be welcomed at Citi Field.

Soon they may be able to get a dose at their own ballpark as more and more stadiums begin to transform into vaccination hubs.

Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti announced Monday that Dodger Stadium would begin distributing vaccinations by the end of the week with a capacity for 12,000 shots per day. The home of the Los Angeles Dodgers has previously been used as a COVID-19 testing site.

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According to the Johns Hopkins University of Medicine Coronavirus Resource Center, the Bronx had the sixth-highest death toll among United States counties at 5,208. Queens County, where Citi Field is located, ranks fourth on the list with 7,664 deaths.

Los Angeles tops the list in both confirmed cases (932,697) and deaths (12,387).