SEATTLE – The Mariners are the first team in Major League Baseball to make COVID-19 vaccines available to fans participating in games at T-Mobile Park.
The club announced plans Monday to do so through a partnership with the City of Seattle and Sounders FC, which began performing a similar process on its match Sunday.
The plan is for this to be an ongoing availability at the Mariners home games so far, starting with Tuesday’s 19:10 PT competition against the Orioles.
No agreement is required. Vaccines will be offered on a walk-up basis in three locations inside T-Mobile Park:
• Near section 105
• Rooftop Boardwalk at view level (300 level)
Vaccinations are managed by Seattle Fire Department EMS staff, and Virginia Mason Franciscan Health will have staff and volunteers available to support the process. Vaccines are free and will be available at gates that open two hours before the first pitch. Only those aged 18 and over who have not already received their first dose are eligible.
Fans eligible to receive the vaccine may choose a single dose of Johnson & Johnson shots or the first dose of the Moderna vaccine. Those receiving the Moderna shot will be able to schedule their second dose at one of the City of Seattle’s community vaccination sites at the Lumen Field Event Center, Rainier Beach, or West Seattle.
“Getting vaccinated is the most important thing we can all do to protect ourselves, our families and our communities. By partnering with Virginia Mason Franciscan Health and Seattle to offer vaccinations at our game, we can help our community get closer to ending the COVID-19 pandemic, ”said John Stanton, Mariner’s Chairman and CEO, in a statement .
For those unable to receive a vaccine at a Mariners game, the Lumen Field Event Center site across the street from T-Mobile Park administers vaccinations by appointment on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Click here for information on other vaccinations or to schedule an appointment.
Virginia Mason Franciscan Health has so far administered more than 300,000 vaccines across the healthcare system. Community members are also welcome to visit the Health System website to sign up for vaccination appointments as available by clicking here.
“The City of Seattle is proud to partner with our Seattle Mariners to offer in-game vaccinations to fans,” Seattle Mayor Jenny A. Durkan said in a statement. “As we begin the final part of our vaccination efforts, we will continue to bring the COVID-19 vaccine directly to our qualified community, and Tuesday’s game is no exception. We see our Mariners fans at the ballpark this Tuesday for a vaccination and a win. Go sailors! ”
“Having a presence at our city’s sporting events allows us to go where people need to give vaccinations,” said Seattle Fire Chief Harold Scoggins. “We want to make access to the vaccine as easy as possible and are pleased to announce that Mariner fans can now participate in Tuesday’s game with family and friends and also receive either their first dose of Moderna vaccine or a single dose of Johnson & Johnson. Let’s hit a home run, Seattle, and give this our best shot! ”
And Andrew Ross, MD, Medical Director, Sports Sponsorship, Virginia Mason Franciscan Health: “Our organization welcomes the opportunity to work with seafarers to support COVID vaccination efforts in our community.”