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MUSC to offer COVID-19 vaccines at RiverDogs games

Updated: May. 20, 2021 at 5:05 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - MUSC Health will administer COVID-19 vaccinations during select RiverDogs baseball games for the next two Fridays.

Vaccines will be given on Friday and next Friday from 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park, but MUSC encourages RiverDogs fans to sign up for an appointment.

CLICK HERE to sign up with MUSC.

Both organizations said it’s important to reach people where they gather in an effort to normalize getting the vaccine as well as increase its availability.

“MUSC approached us and said, ‘We want to be out there giving families every opportunity to get vaccinated,’ and clearly families come to the Joe and enjoy RiverDogs games so it was a natural fit,” said Ben Abzug, the team’s assistant general manager.

The two groups already work together on other community health initiatives, Abzug added.

“If we can help encourage people in Charleston to get vaccinated by providing that opportunity at our ballpark, then we are in full support,” RiverDogs President and General Manager Dave Echols said in a news release. “Restrictions are beginning to loosen for those who have received the vaccine and we continue to work towards the game day experience at The Joe returning to normal one step at a time.”

MUSC and the RiverDogs plan to offer additional chances for fans to receive the vaccine at The Joe. Specific dates have not been announced.

Those who get vaccinated at the games will receive information on where to go for their second shot, MUSC Health Chief Quality Officer Dr. Danielle Bowen Scheurer said. Some may be able to get their second dose at a subsequent RiverDogs game depending on dates.

“We are pleased to partner with the RiverDogs to offer vaccinations at their games!” Scheurer said in the release. “Our goal is to make the vaccination process as accessible as possible to every South Carolinian.”

The RiverDogs returned to the field earlier this month after more than a year and a half without play due to COVID-19. The stadium has seen a number of changes, with the entire gameday experience, including parking and concessions, going cashless.

Fans who do not have credit or debit cards will be able to use cash to purchase gift cards at Fan Services on gamedays.

All RiverDogs tickets for the 2021 season are available for purchase online and will be delivered digitally.

Earlier this week, the team announced it would be gradually increasing the number of fans it will allow in the stands.

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