CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Indians announced a partnership on Friday with Discount Drug Mart in an effort to get more Indians fans vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus.
The announcement comes as Ohio exits the Vax-a-Million era of the COVID-19 pandemic. Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said Thursday the state is looking for new ways to incentivize getting a vaccine.
The Indians said that fans who get a COVID-19 vaccine at participating Discount Drug Mart locations in northeast Ohio on June 30 will receive two free tickets to a game. The tickets will be eligible for fans who receive either their first or second doses of the vaccine that day.
The tickets will be good for any Sunday-Thursday game during the month of September and must be redeemed by Sept. 26.
The vaccination event is part of the “MLB Vaccinate At The Plate” program. All 30 MLB teams are holding at least one vaccination event in exchange for tickets to a game.
The Indians previously had a promotion that allowed fans to earn $5 off select tickets by showing their vaccination card.
Across the state in Cincinnati, the Reds are still offering discounted upper deck tickets for Monday-Thursday games by showing proof of vaccination.
According to CDC data, Ohio is lagging behind the rest of the U.S. in vaccinations. As of Friday, 58.8% of Ohioans ages 18 and older have gotten a COVID-19 shot. Nationally, 65.7% of the U.S. adult population is either partially or fully vaccinated.