Virus Outbreak Massachusetts

People are given COVID-19 vaccinations, center, as doses of COVID-19 vaccine are loaded into syringes at a counter, below, Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021, at a vaccination center at Gillette Stadium, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — After giving out more than 600,000 shots over five months, the mass coronavirus vaccination site at Gillette Stadium is closing its doors on Monday.

The site opened in January by administering shots to first responders and health care workers, then opened to the general public.

“We knew that just like there was a ramp-up period in vaccinating all the people, eventually we would ramp down," Rodrigo Martinez of CIC Health, which runs the site, told WBZ-TV. “That was the goal, the mission was to be able to vaccinate as many people as possible, as safely, efficiently, and also have them have a great experience at the stadium as they come through and I think we’ve done that.”

By the time it closes at 6 p.m., about 610,000 doses will have been administered there.

The state is gradually shutting down its mass vaccination sites over the next few weeks in favor of smaller targeted vaccination clinics.

The sites at the Hynes Convention Center and Reggie Lewis Center in Boston, Natick and Danvers are all set to close by the end of June. The Springfield and Dartmouth sites are scheduled to close by mid-July.

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