LORAIN, Ohio (WJW) – The hugely popular Rockin ‘on the River concert series at Black River Landing in Lorain joined the fight against COVID-19 on Wednesday night.
In an effort to promote vaccinations, Mercy Health has partnered with Lorain Public County Health and Rockin ‘Concerts for an event called Vaxxin’ on the River.
The first 5,000 people vaccinated through the portal received a $ 10 gift card and free entry, while unvaccinated participants had to pay $ 10 and were encouraged to get vaccinated.
However, if unvaccinated people agreed to be vaccinated, they also avoided registration fees and also received a $ 10 gift card once vaccinated. The funds were made available through American Rescue Act funding, according to Lorain Mayor Jack Bradley.
Although the mayor said 60 percent of Lorain has been vaccinated, parts of the community are around 30 percent, including the southern end.
“Mercy Health actually came up with the idea, and I saw Lorain County Public Health and Bob Earley from Rockin ‘on the River doing this and I thought it was a way to give back to people who have. been vaccinated and want to get vaccinated, ”Bradley said.
The main actor of the concert was Lita Ford, a former member of the Runaways. The Michael Weber Show was also on stage. Throughout the evening, spectators were able to take advantage of a number of food and drink vendors and get vaccinated.
Lorain County Public Health set up a trailer and offered the vaccine from the time the doors opened at 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. The response was so great that at some point they had to leave and pick up more doses of the vaccine.
An estimated 10,000 people attended the concert, which has been voted “Best Concert Hall on Lake Erie” by Lake Erie Living Magazine for three consecutive years.
“I just love coming to concerts, it’s a great place,” said Wendy Just, who took advantage of the free vaccine, “I always said, I would, but I mean, it was just the most convenient way to do it, and I also like the free ticket.
Char Wray, chief nurse for Mercy Health, said the goal was to have fun and get people vaccinated in a family environment.
“The thought process was how to celebrate people’s immunizations and celebrate the return to normalcy in a healthy way,” Wray said.
Everyone involved called the event a great success.
For more information on vaccination clinics in Lorain County, people can visit LorainCountyHealth.com.
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