FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Ten months in the past, the New England Patriots group aircraft launched into a mission to China to deliver much-needed PPE residence for well being care staff. On Sunday, the aircraft is heading to Super Bowl LV in Tampa, Florida, on one other vital journey associated to COVID-19.
House owners Robert and Jonathan Kraft are bringing 76 vaccinated well being care staff to the championship recreation between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Kansas City Chiefs (6:30 p.m. ET, CBS), as a part of an all-expenses-paid journey.
The NFL had introduced in January that it was inviting about 7,500 vaccinated well being care staff to the Tremendous Bowl (most from hospitals and well being care techniques within the Tampa and central Florida space), with all 32 groups additionally choosing some vaccinated well being care staff from their communities to attend.
The Patriots’ determination to deliver 76 well being care staff on their group aircraft is along with that initiative, and the Krafts say there’s a twin function for the journey. They need to acknowledge and thank a consultant group of well being care staff, whereas spreading the vital message of getting vaccinated.
“Final April, when our aircraft returned with masks from China, we by no means might have imagined the devastation this pandemic would trigger, nor might we’ve got dreamed of the heroic tales and achievements which have come to be in consequence, particularly the dedication of well being care staff on the entrance strains and the creation of protected and efficient vaccines,” Robert Kraft stated.
“Ten months later, it is an honor for us to have fun these well being care staff by giving them a well-deserved break for a day and a chance to benefit from the Tremendous Bowl, a actuality that’s solely made attainable due to the vaccines. We hope that in doing so, others are additionally inspired to get vaccinated as they’re ready. As soon as once more, we need to say thanks from the underside of our hearts to the entire well being care heroes who’ve risked their well-being to make sure ours. They’re really superheroes to us.”
The well being care staff are from six New England states and signify a variety of hospitals and roles.
The Krafts supplied 4 tickets to every of the governors outdoors of Massachusetts, who then chosen well being care staff from their respective states — accounting for a complete of 20 staff representing Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.
The remaining tickets have been distributed to many not-for-profit hospitals all through Massachusetts that proceed to take care of COVID-19 sufferers. All attending well being care staff have been absolutely vaccinated no later than Jan. 24, or 14 days previous to journey.
These on the journey, with assist from the NFL, can even obtain:
Transportation from Gillette Stadium in Foxborough to Boston’s Logan Airport with police escort
A ticket to the NFL TikTok Tailgate live performance, headlined by Miley Cyrus, solely for vaccinated well being care staff
Two-night complimentary lodge keep
Patriots present bag
A $100 Visa present card to spend at Raymond James Stadium
Floor transportation in Tampa
The journey will depart on the morning of Tremendous Bowl LV, and when the aircraft touches down in Tampa, Robert Kraft will greet them.