Today, in its efforts to sync up with the national push toward greater vaccination levels, Major League Baseball today announced that it’ll be joining other companies that are incentivizing new vaccinations against COVID-19.
Specifically, each of the 30 teams will have at least one event where unvaccinated fans can show up, get the shot right there, and get a free ticket to a game:
MLB is launching "MLB Vaccinate At The Plate," a free ticket incentive to encourage unvaccinated fans to receive their COVID-19 vaccination at our ballparks in June. pic.twitter.com/XOL9hPB0Jl
— MLB Communications (@MLB_PR) June 4, 2021
The topics are not wholly disconnected, obviously, since the greater the national vaccination rate, the safer it is to have mass gatherings like fully-attended baseball games. Teams are already planning to open up to full capacity this month, but even then there are still advantages to having more and more folks vaccinated – fewer restrictions at the park, more comfort among fans, more activity outside/around the park before and after games, etc.
And I get that some folks will wonder why they aren’t getting a free ticket if they’ve already gotten vaccinated, but your answer is a pretty simple, “Because they’re trying to get people on the fence to finally do it.” Your reward for having already gotten it is, you know, protection against COVID-19, which is also a pretty good freebie.
The Cubs haven’t yet announced their plans, but you can track it here, and see the other announcements from teams around baseball.