As the nation continues to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and communities work to increase vaccination rates, Major League Baseball announced on Friday that it will work with its 30 Clubs to offer incentives to unvaccinated fans through a new program called “MLB Vaccinate At The Plate,” taking place throughout June 2021.
Each of the 30 MLB Clubs will host at least one event in June where unvaccinated fans will be able to receive a free ticket to a game if they get a COVID-19 vaccination shot at the event. MLB Clubs will have the flexibility to construct the giveaway to their own specifications including where the event is hosted, when in June it takes place, and if the tickets are good for that day’s game or a game later in the 2021 season.
MLB Clubs will work with a local healthcare provider or a national pharmacy provider to administer the shots and provide the necessary on-site health and safety precautions. Fans can find more information about the program and each Club’s events at MLB.com/vaccine. The web site will continue to be updated as Clubs finalize their plans throughout the month.
“Major League Baseball wants to play a role in expanding widespread adoption of the vaccines which have proven to be safe and effective,” said Dr. Gary Green, Medical Director of MLB. “As more people get vaccinated, the rate of infection decreases and more areas of society can safely reopen. We are proud of the efforts MLB Clubs are taking to help in this effort.”
Over the course of the pandemic, MLB ballparks have been utilized as mass vaccination sites, administering a total of more than 1 million shots. Since the start of last season, MLB and its Clubs have also provided over 1.5 million COVID-19 PCR tests for schools, youth academies, charities, and the general public at MLB stadiums and in communities throughout the United States.
The vaccination program is part of a continuing effort by MLB, its Clubs and Players to provide assistance to those in need. Collectively, MLB, the Clubs and Players have donated more than $75 million, benefiting members of the baseball community, healthcare and frontline workers, families affected by cancer, people in need of food through Meals on Wheels and Feeding America, domestic violence prevention organizations, the citizens of the Dominican Republic and other important causes.