Offer accepted: Biden says NFL’s offer to use stadiums as mass COVID-19 vaccination sites a go

Nationwide efforts to combat the novel coronavirus gained substantial traction Sunday when President Joe Biden confirmed that his administration intends to take the NFL up on its offer to use league stadiums as mass COVID-19 vaccination sites.

When asked during an interview on CBS’ Super Bowl pregame show if the federal government intends to use all the stadiums to accelerate vaccine distribution, Biden said “absolutely we will.”

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“I’m going to tell my team they’re available, and I believe we’ll use them,” Biden said.

According to ESPN, seven NFL stadiums have already been converted to mass vaccination sites, including the Carolina Panthers’ Bank of America Stadium, Arizona Cardinals’ State Farm Stadium, Atlanta Falcons’ Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Baltimore Ravens’ M&T Bank Stadium, Houston Texans’ NRG Park, Miami Dolphins’ Hard Rock Stadium and the New England Patriots’ Gillette Stadium. In a letter penned earlier this week to Biden, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell offered the league’s remaining 25 stadiums for that purpose.

Meanwhile, Biden also stated during his CBS interview that he expects Super Bowl 2022 to be played in front of a capacity crowd at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California, ESPN reported.

-- The Associated Press contributed to this report.