NFL commissioner Roger Goodell sent a letter to new U.S. president Joe Biden to inform the White House that the NFL will be opening all of its stadiums up to serve as sites for COVID-19 vaccinations.
In addition to facilitating mass vaccines for COVID-19 across the country, Goodell and the NFL rewarded frontline healthcare workers with 7,500 tickets to Sunday’s Super Bowl LV showdown between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Kansas City Chiefs at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.
Roger Goodell sends memo to President Biden to help COVID-19 vaccine efforts
NFL.com provided the full letter Goodell wrote to President Biden, the key excerpt of which is below:
“Each NFL team will make its stadium available for mass vaccinations of the general public in coordination with local, state, and federal health officials. This is currently being done at seven NFL stadiums today. We can expand our efforts to stadiums across the nation more effectively because many of our clubs have offered their facilities previously as COVID testing centers as well as election sites over the past several months.”Roger Goodell in letter to President Joe Biden
Goodell has been proactive in many decisions made surrounding the global pandemic. The NFL season is on the precipice of being completed despite multiple clubs dealing with COVID-19 outbreaks and games being postponed throughout the 2020 campaign.
In addition to adjusting the schedule to accommodate the extraordinary circumstances and initiating protocols to maximize the safety of NFL players and employees, Goodell hosted the 2020 NFL Draft from home in an unprecedented virtual format.
With such massive venues as NFL stadiums serving as ideal locations to gather lots of people who need vaccines while still providing the appropriate measures for social distancing, it makes sense that Goodell and the league office would initiate a partnership with governments at all levels to aid COVID-19 vaccinations.
It’s been refreshing to see sports and politics not be mutually exclusive as the U.S. has had to adapt amid the pandemic over the past year or so. Shared humanity has thankfully taken precedent over political minutia.