Fenway Park is slated to offer COVID-19 booster shots to people seeking them beginning in January, officials said.
The state Executive Office of Health and Human Services confirmed the news in a statement on Wednesday.
“The Baker-Polito Administration, with the Boston Red Sox, are finalizing plans to hold a high-throughput booster clinic at Fenway Park beginning in January, and more details will be available soon,” said a spokesperson for the state agency.
Zineb Curran, a spokesperson for the Red Sox, said in a separate statement that the franchise is grateful for the elected leaders working to deliver boosters to state residents.
Curran said the team’s “working with the Baker-Polito Administration and the City of Boston to finalize plans to make boosters available to Massachusetts residents at Fenway Park beginning in January. We are grateful for the leadership of Governor Baker, Lt. Governor Polito, and Mayor Wu on this vital service for our community and are proud to be able to lend our ballpark to help with this important effort.”
Fenway was one of several mass vaccination sites that opened around the state last winter as the initial rounds of COVID-19 vaccine were being distributed.
It closed in late March after the Red Sox returned to the ballyard for the 2021 Major League Baseball season, and Boston’s Hynes Convention Center picked up the slack, opening up a mass vaccination site where Governor Charlie Baker got his first jab of the vaccine in early April.
Just over five million people are currently fully vaccinated in Massachusetts, and 1.6 million booster doses have been administered, according to official state data that’s updated weekdays by 4 p.m.
In a related development Wednesday, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the federal government’s top infectious disease specialist, said a variant-specific vaccine to protect against Omicron isn’t currently necessary, with data showing boosters developed by Pfizer and Moderna appear to increase protection against the variant.
“Our booster vaccine regimens work against Omicron,” Dr. Anthony Fauci said during a White House COVID-19 briefing. “At this point, there is no need for a variant-specific booster, and so the message remains clear: If you are unvaccinated, get vaccinated, and particularly in the arena of Omicron, if you are fully vaccinated, get your booster shot.”
Public health officials had previously said it was unclear if a new vaccine would be needed to protect against the new variant. During an address in which he announced a winter COVID-19 strategy, President Biden said the administration was working with vaccine manufacturers to develop contingency plans if new vaccines or boosters are needed.
Material from the Associated Press and prior Globe stories was used in this report.