The third-to-last ever match at historic Crew Stadium will have shots on the pitch and in the stands. The Columbus Crew announced Saturday morning that COVID-19 vaccines will be available for supporters during Saturday’s match between the Black & Gold and D.C. United. Columbus Public Health has partnered with the club to offer free Johnson & Johnson vaccines for supporters at the third MLS match of 2021 for the Crew.
“We are excited to announce that Historic Crew Stadium will serve as a COVID-19 vaccination station this Saturday,” Crew president and general manager Tim Bezbatchenko said in a release announcing the vaccination station. “As a Club, we have already made vaccines available to players and team staff and we are proud to announce that 93% have received vaccinations thus far. We want to thank Columbus Public Health for working with us to provide our community with free vaccines and want to encourage everyone out there to get their shot.”
The shots will be available to receive from 12:30 p.m. to halftime of the match so supporters who have not been vaccinated will have roughly a two-hour window to get a COVID-19 vaccine. The station will be at the Black & Gold gate where fans will have to show a government ID and insurance card to be eligible to get the vaccine.
Bezbatchenko also noted that the club has a 93 percent vaccination rate so far after they became available In April.
Major League Soccer is also partnering with the federal government to drive up vaccination rates. MLS will be running a contest for a trip to the 2021 MLS All-Star Game and merchandise discounts.
NASCAR and MLS will each offer a sweepstakes that will include 2022 DAYTONA 500 tickets and trip to the 2021 MLS All-Star Game.— White House COVID-19 Response Team (@WHCOVIDResponse) May 4, 2021
And in June, Major League Soccer clubs will be supporting fans that are vaccinated by offering a 30% discount for in-stadium merchandise purchases.
The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is the most widely-known COVID-19 vaccine on the market that is just administered through a single dose. The two most used vaccines, Phizer and Moderna, are administered through two doses separated by a three- or four-week span. Similar to the Phizer and Moderna shots, the J&J vaccine has common side effects a day or two after administration. These side effects can include tiredness, headache, muscle pain, chills, fever or nausea with each person’s response to the dose different.
Currently, close to five million people in the state of Ohio have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine which comes to a little over 41 percent of the state’s population. Roughly 34 percent of the population of the Buckeye State has completed their COVID-19 vaccine process as the state’s cases also have hit a flatline.
In total, over one million cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the state of Ohio but the curve since vaccine distribution ramped in February has stayed straight with less than two thousand COVID-19 cases every day in Ohio since mid-April. With vaccine distribution increasing and cases slowing down, the likelihood of full capacity for future Columbus Crew games is increasing day by day.