DMSE Sports, the Boston-based industry leader in event management and operation logistics, is putting its skills and experience to use in a new way. Beginning yesterday, DMSE Sports engaged with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, CIC Health, the New England Patriots, Fallon Ambulance and Mass General Brigham in opening a mass vaccination site at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, MA.
Thursday's soft opening included vaccinating many first responders and medical personnel, but eventually it is DMSE's goal to be vaccinating over 7,000 people a day. To accomplish this, they plan to work seven days a week, 12 hours a day, for perhaps six months - nonstop - with the goal of seeing everyone in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts vaccinated.
"It is amazing how our event management skill set can be applied to running a massive vaccination site," DMSE Sports President and Founder Dave McGillivray said. "And, to think this all came together in only a few short weeks. Matt West is leading the charge for us and doing a great job. Supporting cast is Ryan McGillivray, Aaron Nemzer, Tom Maglio, Tim Barry, Chris Troyanos and Andy Deschenes...so far. As we scale up, we may need to engage additional DMSE personal who have worked our race events for years."
In addition to Gillette Stadium, DMSE will also be opening up another mass vaccination site in a few weeks at Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox. As with Gillette Stadium, DMSE Sports has produced events there before, giving them the advantage of familiarity with the venue and a great preexisting relationship with the team.
"While we are part of a team working to save lives, we are also grateful to be doing this to help [bring back in-person events and help businesses like our own]," McGillivray said. "I’ve always said the 'comeback is always stronger than the setback' and this is a perfect example of that."
Read more about the work DMSE Sports is doing in opening mass vaccination sites in The Boston Globe.