As the Los Angeles Chargers faced the San Francisco 49ers at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood on Sunday night, state public health officials clashed with fans with inducements to vaccinate.
The California Department of Public Health hosted an pop-up vaccination clinic and vaccine awareness activities at American Airlines plaza outside SoFi Stadium in the hours leading up to Sunday’s game.
To encourage vaccinations, the California Department of Public Health offered a pair of Chargers preseason game tickets against the San Francisco 49ers to the first 75 people to get their COVID-19 shot at the pop-up clinic this week-end.
In addition to the vaccination clinic, public health officials held pre-game festivities, including games like the cornhole and horseshoe, as part of the COVID-19 vaccination campaign “Let’s Get to Immunity âfrom the state.
Dr Martha Dominguez, from the state’s Department of Public Health, said contextual vaccination events like these are important in getting more people vaccinated.
âBeing prompted makes their decision easier,â Dominguez said. “Right now with the delta [variant] being twice as contagious, we want to emphasize the importance and power of vaccinesâ¦ We need to control the virus and the more people vaccinated, the faster we can achieve community immunity.
Meanwhile, masks are now mandatory at sports games, concerts and other major events in LA County, regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status.
The new rule came into effect Thursday evening and applies to all major outdoor events in which more than 10,000 people participate, such as music or food festivals, car shows, major endurance events, marathons, parades, sporting events and concerts.
Health experts say big events increase the risk of coronavirus transmission as people huddle together for long periods of time.
“To reduce the spread of COVID-19 and the Delta variant, universal masking is now required at all outdoor mega-events where thousands of people from many different communities are crowded, often for long periods of time,” said Barbara Ferrer, LA County Health Director. said in a statement earlier this week.
People, however, can remove their masks when eating or drinking, but must put them back on quickly when finished, according to the health official’s updated order.
Additional COVID-19 protocols will be applied inside the stadium during Sunday’s game, including social distancing and fans having to verbally attest to vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test before being allowed to attend at the event.
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