Bears taking part in “Be part of the Crew” marketing campaign with Chicago sports activities groups to encourage COVID-19 vaccinations
In the ongoing battle against the coronavirus, the bears are encouraging people to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
Earlier this month, they partnered with Advocate Aurora Health to offer the vaccine to players, coaches and staff at Halas Hall. One of the players to get the first of two shots was offensive lineman Cody Whitehair.
“Thank you to the bears and lawyers for giving us the opportunity to be vaccinated here at Halas Hall,” said Whitehair. “It is important that as many people as possible get fully vaccinated so that we can get back to normal and hopefully have a stadium full of fans on Soldier Field this fall.”
On Monday, the bears, along with Chicago’s other professional sports teams and the city’s Department of Health, announced a campaign to encourage Chicago sports fans and others to join the team by receiving their COVID-19 vaccine.
“One of the most exciting parts of our city reopening is getting sports fans safely back to the stands to cheer our teams on,” said Chicago Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot. “This campaign will not only encourage more of our residents to get vaccinated, it will bring us closer together as a home team as we continue our fight against COVID-19. It is my hope and expectation that our residents, especially those who do this. ” If you love sports, take this as a sign to get vaccinated so we can all get back to popular Chicago pastimes. “
The campaign includes the Bears, Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs, Fire, Red Stars, Sky and White Sox and focuses on the influence of sports teams, their players and mascots to unite people across the city and respond to the growing numbers of Chicagoans join vaccinated against COVID-19.
To kick off the campaign on Monday, digital and off-site billboards in Chicago, social media channels, and additional supportive elements will be used to echo information about COVID-19 vaccines and connect residents to places where they are available.
“With adults across the country now eligible for the vaccine, we strongly encourage all Chicago residents to get vaccinated as soon as possible,” said George H. McCaskey, chairman of Bears. “Words cannot fully express how much we look forward to safely welcoming Bears fans back to Soldier Field this season. The vaccine is our ticket to make that happen. Join the team and wear!”
Due to the improvement in reopening metrics and the ongoing distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine – two million doses administered and counted in the city – the city of Chicago entered the Chicago Bridge phase on Friday, May 14th. This enables extensive capacity expansion across industry limits, including large indoor spaces, with a capacity of 60 percent.
During the Chicago Bridge Phase, outdoor venues like Guaranteed Rate Field and Wrigley Field will increase their attendance capacity from 25 percent to 60 percent, so even more Chicagoers can enjoy a day at the stadium. The guaranteed tariff field increases capacity from May 24th. Wrigley Field will increase capacity starting May 28th.
Getting vaccinated will reduce the spread of the disease and protect Chicagoers from developing serious illness with COVID-19 – and protect their families, friends, and the community. With the recent expansion of vaccination rights for young people between 12 and 15 years of age, families can safely bring back memories at sporting events. The COVID-19 vaccine is safe, effective, and available in locations across the city. For vaccines, visit ZocDoc.com/vaccine or call 312-746-4835.
Vaccinations are offered free of charge. City-run vaccination centers that Pfizer offer are available to people ages 12 and up – with or without an appointment. For the latest information on Chicago’s COVID-19 vaccination strategy, visit www.chicago.gov/covidvax.
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