Pro Football Hall of Fame offered as site for coronavirus vaccinations


Repository staff report - The Repository, Canton, Ohio (TNS)



CANTON — The Pro Football Hall of Fame has been offered as a potential coronavirus vaccination site.

The offer was made in a letter sent Wednesday to Gov. Mike DeWine’s office.

“Ohio is making great progress in vaccinating its residents; using the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a vaccine site could assist in accelerating that pace,” David Baker, the Hall’s president and chief executive officer, wrote to the governor.

It’s possible that Ohio could have six mass vaccination sites through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Sites are being considered across the state, among them Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls, Chapel Hill Mall in Akron and the former IX Center in Cleveland, according to the Akron Beacon Journal.

Baker explained to DeWine that the Pro Football Hall of Fame building includes meeting rooms where vaccines could be administered, as well as ample parking. The location off Interstate 77 also is beneficial.

Earlier this week, DeWine said the state has identified 100 possible locations as potential mass vaccination sites.

“We have always felt that we would have at some point mass vaccination,” DeWine said. “But when we started this off, and where we are now, you know, we wanted to make sure that this was in every county.”

There isn’t currently a centralized statewide system to register to for vaccinations. Instead, each provider has a separate process and people must contact locations directly to schedule appointments.

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