The City of Statesboro in partnership with the Bulloch County NAACP and Squashing the Spread Bulloch County will host a free COVID-19 vaccine clinic on Saturday, September 18, 2021.

The Kiwanis Club of Statesboro has joined in with the City of Statesboro’s vaccination drive this Saturday at Luetta Moore Park by offering a voucher for a free pancake dinner during the fair to the first 75 along with the incentives the City is currently offering.

Supporting existing vaccination locations is our best shot at having a safe and fun fair. We hope everyone who is able can get their vaccine.

The clinic will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Jones-Love Cultural Center at Luetta Moore Park located at 585 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Statesboro, Georgia.

The first 300 visitors in line at the vaccine clinic will get a $50 gift card after receiving their choice of the Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.

“Myself and the Statesboro City Council want our citizens to get vaccinated,” said Mayor Jonathan McCollar. “Getting vaccinated is the best way to stop the spread of COVID-19 in our community. The COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective, and save lives. It is our hope that offering the $50 incentive will encourage more citizens to take the vaccine to protect themselves, their families and their neighbors.”

The free vaccines will be administered by licensed practitioners from the Bulloch County Health Department. The clinic is open to anyone 12 years of age and older. Minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to receive the vaccine.

The vaccine clinic at the park is the latest in a series of events coordinated by the City of Statesboro to encourage residents to get a COVID-19 vaccine.

The city hosted a free vaccine clinic at City Hall on September 1 where 68 people turned out to receive the vaccine and a $50 gift card. Anyone who received their first vaccine dose at the City Hall clinic on September 1 will be eligible to receive a second dose and an additional $50 gift card at the clinic on September 18 at the park.

Under the direction of  Mayor and City Council, City staff has also been making plans to host multiple raffle drawings to reward vaccinated residents.

City Manager Charles Penny explained during Tuesday morning’s regularly scheduled City Council meeting that City staff had concluded, as confirmed by discussions with legal counsel at the Georgia Municipal Association, that the City would need to partner with a qualified charitable nonprofit to hold and administer the raffle drawings and were in the process of identifying a local nonprofit organization to work with.

Details regarding the vaccine prize raffles will be presented and considered at the next regularly scheduled City Council meeting on September 21, 2021 at 5:30 p.m.