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Sacramento Republic FC to hold COVID vaccine clinic at next 3 home games

If you’ve been waiting for a push to get the vaccine...

Gallery: Sacramento Republic FC vs. Orange County SC - 1 April 2017
Tower Bridge Battalion members chant after Republic FC defeated Orange County SC on Saturday evening at Papa Murphy’s Park.
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Sacramento Republic FC announced on Monday they are teaming up with Sacramento County Public Health to hold a pop-up vaccine clinic at Heart Health Park for the next three home games.

Those three games — Saturday, June 2 and June 5 — will allow people who have signed up for appointments to receive the first dose of the vaccine. The second dose for those who participated in the pop-up clinic will come at the June 26 match. If you get a vaccine at the pop-up clinic, you will receive a free ticket to the game. The June 26 game will also be the first this season in which the stadium will be opened to full capacity, in line with state and local health guidelines.

Sac Republic season ticket holders will get first opportunity at the vaccine clinic, starting on Tuesday, and then it will open to the general public on Wednesday, through the team’s social media channels.

“We are excited to be working with Republic FC on bringing increased attention to vaccines as well as offering the convenience of vaccines at the park,” said Sacramento County Public Health Officer, Dr. Olivia Kasirye in a statement. “It is these kinds of innovative and collaborative ideas that will help us get our community vaccinated, reach herd immunity and ultimately keep our community safer.”

“As communities around the state prepare to take steps to re-open businesses and events, this partnership will help continue to keep health and wellness a priority through our region,” said Republic FC President and General Manager Todd Dunivant. “The pop-up vaccine services at games and additional outreach efforts in underserved communities will assist in the continued recovery of our community.”

If you’re someone who’s been on the fence about getting the COVID vaccine, or just haven’t gotten around to it for any reason, let this be a potential push for you to get it done. I’m vaccinated, and I’d be happy to tell you about the side effects I felt from it if you want to know, which were very much not nearly as bad as catching COVID. More importantly, vaccination is your best chance to get peace of mind for your own health, while also doing something for others. The more of us that are vaccinated, the more likely we are to properly control or even eventually eradicate COVID. We didn’t sit in our homes holed up for over a year for nothing, right?

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