Emory Healthcare is working to make sure the Atlanta community is getting the COVID-19 vaccine to help increase vaccination rates in the state of Georgia. Emory physicians are sharing their personal “my why” stories on YouTube. And the health system is partnering with a couple of Atlanta’s major league sorts teams to share key information about the safety and effectiveness of the vaccines, and give away free game tickets to those who get vaccinated.
Throughout May, the health system partnered with the Atlanta Braves to host free vaccination clinics during home baseball games at Truist Park. Every person vaccinated at the game, ages 16 or 18 (depending on the vaccine manufacturer) and older, was eligible to receive two tickets to a future game at the park during the 2021 regular season. In June, all 30 Major League Baseball teams are offering free tickets for those who get a COVID-19 vaccination shot at a game, through a program called “MLB Vaccinate at the Plate.” Teams are partnering with a local health care provider or a national pharmacy to administer the shots.
Earlier this year, Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan talked with Aneesh Mehta, M.D., chief of infectious diseases at Emory University Hospital, about the COVID-19 vaccines – how they were developed, how they work, their safety and efficacy, and why people should get the vaccine.
The Emory Healthcare website features “Safety Center and COVID-19 Resources,” with a long list of frequently asked questions and answers, along with other key information about vaccination for the community.
As of early May, the Emory vaccine clinic had administered more than 160,000 COVID-19 vaccinations to health system patients and staff; Emory University faculty, staff and students; and community members. The clinic, conveniently located at a former department store in an Atlanta shopping mall, is now accepting walk-ins for vaccinations for all Georgia residents ages 16 and older.