BRISTOL, Conn. (WTNH) — Hundreds more Connecticut residents will now get vaccinated every day at the state’s newest mass vaccination clinic. This one utilizes empty space at Bristol’s largest employer.
The city of Bristol is hoping to score some points, maybe even defeat the coronavirus with a new home field. With all the sports terms, you may have guessed we are talking about a new COVID-19 vaccine clinic on the campus of ESPN.
Each vaccine shot is another mark in the win column. Bristol Hospital is expanding vaccination efforts outside its own walls and working together with the local health district and the worldwide leader in sports. They had been administering 3,000 doses a week.
“Together, we’re going to be doing about 3,000 a week,” explained Albert Peguero, manager of Emergency Preparedness for Bristol Health. “Our clinic is scheduled Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.”
ESPN had offered to help any way it could and had plenty of available space. A thousand people usually work in the North Campus building. About 90% of those employees are still working from home, so there is plenty of space in the parking lot to set up a drive-through clinic.
Many of your favorite on-air personalities are still coming to work, and the network already hosted smaller vaccine clinics for limited members of the public.
“Through that time, we did have a number of our on-air people that came through,” said ESPN Vice President of Corporate Communications Mike Soltys. “Certainly now, any of our on-air people who are under the age of 45 could be lined up with the general public.”
Of course, there is no guarantee you will see someone famous, but when you call up the state hotline to make your appointment, you can ask specifically for the clinic at ESPN in Bristol.