76 vaccinated healthcare workers from New England states to attend Super Bowl LV


FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (WWLP) – The Kraft family has announced that they will fly 76 vaccinated healthcare workers in an all-expenses-paid trip to the Super Bowl LV in Tampa, Florida on February 7.

The 76 health workers will be representing all six New England states and the mission of this trip is to recognize and thank a representative group of the countless healthcare superheroes in New England and to celebrate and spread the important message of getting vaccinated.

The healthcare workers selected for this trip will also receive transportation from Gillette Stadium to Logan Airport with a police escort, a ticket to the NFL TikTok Tailgate concert headlined by Miley Cyrus exclusively for vaccinated healthcare workers, a two-night complimentary hotel stay, a Patriots gift bag, a $100 VISA gift card to spend at Raymond James Stadium and ground transportation in Tampa.

Out of the 76 healthcare workers who are going, two are Baystate Health employees, Dr. Sarah Haessler and Stephen Boyle, Sr., who are vaccinated against COVID-19. Dr. Haessler is a hospital epidemiologist and infectious disease physician, while Boyle is the director of hospitality.

They will fly roundtrip on the Patriots’ team plane and be greeted by Robert Kraft when they arrive in Tampa on Sunday.

Two Trinity Health staffers are also among the 76 vaccinated individuals going to the Super Bowl.

Matthew Blouin, a registered nurse at Saint Francis Hospital, and Cherie Rodriguez, a respiratory therapist at Mercy Medical Center in Springfield, will join the 74 additional healthcare providers from all six New England states for the game on Sunday, February 7.

“Matthew and Cherie are outstanding clinicians whose unwavering dedication to their patients sets the standard for safe, high-quality care, even during the most difficult times. They are also excellent examples of the type of colleague we are so fortunate to have throughout Trinity Health Of New England.

The pandemic has posed new and significant challenges for healthcare providers and support staff at every level. Often putting aside fears for their own health and safety, they have met these challenges with clinical excellence, adaptability, professionalism, and grace.”

Reginald Eadie, MD, MBA, President and CEO of Trinity Health Of New England

“It’s an honor for us to celebrate these healthcare workers by giving them a well-deserved break for a day and an opportunity to enjoy the Super Bowl, a reality that is only made possible because of the vaccines. We hope that in doing so, others are also encouraged to get vaccinated as they are able. Once again, we want to say thank you from the bottom of our hearts to all of the healthcare heroes who have risked their well-being to ensure ours. They are truly superheroes to us,” said Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft.

The Kraft family offered four tickets to each of the governors outside of Massachusetts, who then selected healthcare superheroes from their respective states, for a total of 20 individuals representing Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.

The remaining tickets were distributed to many of the not-for-profit hospitals throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts that continue to care for COVID-19 patients.

All attending healthcare workers have been fully vaccinated no later than January 24, or 14 days prior to travel.

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