Courtesy of SportsTravel.com
Major League Baseball has announced that its clubs will offer incentives to unvaccinated fans through a new program called “MLB Vaccinate At The Plate,” with all 30 teams hosting at least one event in June where unvaccinated fans can get free tickets to a game if they get a COVID-19 shot at the event.
Clubs will have the flexibility to construct the giveaway to their own specifications including where the event is hosted, when it takes place and if the tickets are good for that day’s game or a game later in the 2021 season. Clubs will work with a local healthcare provider or a national pharmacy provider to administer the shots and provide the necessary on-site health and safety precautions.
Over the course of the pandemic, MLB ballparks have been utilized as mass vaccination sites, administering more than 1 million shots.
“Major League Baseball wants to play a role in expanding widespread adoption of the vaccines which have proven to be safe and effective,” said Dr. Gary Green, medical director of MLB. “As more people get vaccinated, the rate of infection decreases and more areas of society can safely reopen. We are proud of the efforts MLB Clubs are taking to help in this effort.”
The announcement comes as MLB and the MLB Players Association announced another impressive round of testing results, with just one major leaguer testing positive over the past week. MLB also announced on Friday that 20 clubs have reached the threshold of 85 percent or more of their Tier 1 Individuals being considered fully vaccinated, which will allow for the relaxation of certain health and safety protocols, with two more clubs close to reaching the threshold. As of Friday, 82.9 percent of all Tier 1 Individuals in Major League Baseball are considered fully vaccinated.