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Buckeye Vaccinate Tailgate tour offers free COVID-19 shots

No-cost, no-appointment vaccination clinics offered at Ohio Kroger stores

The Ohio State University and Kroger are teaming up to help Buckeyes tackle COVID-19 by getting vaccinated.

The Buckeye Vaccinate Tailgate tour launches on Aug. 2 and features three stops at Kroger stores in Ohio. The tour offers a chance for people to get vaccinated against COVID-19 before the start of a new school year and a new Ohio State football season.

“We are all looking forward to getting back to enjoying our favorite Buckeye traditions, but we want to make sure we’re doing so safely. The Buckeye Vaccinate Tailgate tour offers these life-saving vaccines at no cost, no appointment and no hassle,” said Ohio State President Kristina M. Johnson. “We are excited to welcome students back to campus and bring fans back together this fall in Ohio Stadium to cheer on our Buckeyes.”

“We are encouraging everyone to get vaccinated, and we are very appreciative and grateful that Kroger has partnered with the university on this tour that will bring numerous vaccination opportunities to locations around Ohio,” said Wolfe Foundation Senior Vice President and Director of Athletics Gene Smith. “Kroger is a partner in our Buckeyes Care program and this is yet another wonderful example of its commitment to important community service.”

Fans are encouraged to wear Buckeye gear at the tailgates, which will offer a chance to snap a selfie with Brutus, grab some free Ohio State swag, meet Buckeye “celebrities” and, most importantly, get a free COVID-19 vaccination.

“Kroger Health is here to help Ohio reach community immunity, using vaccines authorized by the Food and Drug Administration for every race, gender and various age groups,” said Steve Burson, Kroger Division health and wellness leader. “We remain committed to helping people live healthier lives and serving as an accessible and knowledgeable COVID-19 vaccination partner. We’re hopeful the Buckeye Vaccinate Tailgate will encourage more people to get vaccinated and prioritize their health and those they care about.”

Tailgate tour stops are set for the following dates, times and locations:

  • Aug. 2, 6 to 8 p.m. at the Kroger Newark Marketplace, 1155 N. 21st St. in Newark
  • Aug. 5, 6 to 8 p.m. at the Piqua Kroger, 1510 Covington Ave. in Piqua
  • Aug. 6, 6 to 8 p.m. at the Lexington Avenue Kroger, 1500 Lexington Ave. in Mansfield

Clinic staff will be administering either the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine based on availability and location. Attendees at the Buckeye Vaccinate Tailgate are encouraged to wear a mask and practice appropriate physical distancing.

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