Alabama turns to Nick Saban in attempt to persuade people to get COVID-19 vaccinations
The state of Alabama has turned to the world of college football in its attempt to boost COVID-19 vaccination rates among its citizens.
University of Alabama coach Nick Saban recorded a public service announcement this week that urges people in the state to take advantage of the inoculation that has helped slow rates of infections across the U.S. The Wall Street Journal was first to report the news.
What's the incentive for fans? The possibility of people being able to attend games in the football-mad state in the upcoming season.
“College football fans and players both want full stadiums this fall,” Saban says in the announcement. “Let’s make sure we can safely make this happen by getting vaccinated. Please get your Covid-19 vaccine. We want Bryant-Denny Stadium loud again this coming season—and Roll Tide!”
Saban missed Alabama's game against rival Auburn in November after testing positive for COVID-19. He recorded a PSA last year urging people to wear masks and also encouraged social distancing in the first weeks of the pandemic.
Alabama's vaccination rate ranks among the lowest in the country.
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