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FOXBOROUGH, MA - JANUARY 15: Foxborough Fire Chief Michael Kelleher receives his COVID-19 vaccine at Gillette Stadium on January 15, 2021 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. First responders and healthcare workers will be first to recieve the vaccinations at the stadium, starting with around 300 people per day, but advancing to thousands per day soon after. (Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty Images)

By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com

Gillette Stadium has been an active site for COVID-19 vaccinations for over a month now. And the home of the Patriots is about to pass a major milestone: on Tuesday, CIC Health will administer vaccination No. 65,878 – enough vaccinations to fill the stadium.

Since opening as the first mass vaccination site in the northeast on Jan. 18, Gillette Stadium has housed the efforts of CIC Health, whose operation has grown to more than 4,000 vaccines per day. According to the Patriots in a press release, plans remain for further expansion.

If there’s a stronger argument for at least some fans to be allowed back into Gillette next football season, we haven’t seen it.

FOXBOROUGH, MA - JANUARY 15: A nurse with a woman following her COVID-19 vaccination at the Gillette Stadium vaccinations site on January 15, 2021. (Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty Images)

FOXBOROUGH, MA – JANUARY 15: A nurse with a woman following her COVID-19 vaccination at the Gillette Stadium vaccinations site on January 15, 2021. (Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty Images)

Speaking of fans … the Patriots will recognize the 65,878th person to receive a COVID vaccine at a Gillette Stadium press event. The lucky recipient will be presented with two tickets to the Patriots’ 2021 season opener.

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There’s a tacit admission that at least … two fans will have the Patriots’ permission to watch the Patriots play football inside Gillette. That doesn’t mean it will actually happen. We’ll see how it goes with local and state ordinances regarding capacity. But it’s pretty clear what the Patriots want.

As of Monday, Mass. has administered over 1.1 million total doses of the COVID vaccine, with 296,544 people listed as “fully vaccinated.”

Matt Dolloff is a digital producer for 985TheSportsHub.com. Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Have a news tip, question, or comment for Matt? Yell at him on Twitter @mattdolloff or send him a nasty email at matthew.dolloff@bbgi.com.