McDonalds to Help HHS Promote COVID Vaccinations ( Scott Olson/Getty Images)
By Charles Kim | Tuesday, 11 May 2021 09:30 PM
One of the nation’s largest fast-food chains is partnering with the federal government in the push to get more people vaccinated against COVID-19.
McDonalds announced Tuesday that it will assist the White House in making information on getting vaccinated against COVID-19 available to its millions of customers.
“The initiative will begin later this month with the debut of COVID-19 vaccine information from trusted third parties on McDonald’s billboard in Times Square,” the company said in a press release Tuesday.
“Starting in July, McDonald’s hot McCafé® cups and McDelivery® seal stickers will lead customers to vaccines.gov, where they can learn more about how they can protect themselves and the people they love from COVID-19, as well as where to find vaccine appointments near them.”
According to the company, the art for the coffee cups will be from the “We Can Do This” campaign by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
The public information campaign is designed to increase the public’s confidence in the available COVID-19 vaccines and to reinforce mask wearing and social distancing as preventative measures against spreading the virus, according to the department’s website.
“Through a nationwide network of trusted messengers and consistent, fact-based public health messaging, the campaign helps the public make informed decisions about their health and COVID-19, including steps to protect themselves and their communities,” the organization said on the website.
The national chain has almost 14,000 restaurants in the United States alone and a total of more than 39,000 worldwide, according to the company.
“We all want to protect ourselves and our loved ones and be together with our communities again. McDonald’s is excited to be doing our part for the people we serve, providing them with simple information that can help keep them safe,” Genna Gent, McDonald’s USA Vice President for Global Public Policy and Government Relations, said. “This is a team effort – it takes all of us. We’re proud to enter this partnership to provide trusted, independently verified information about COVID-19 vaccines to our customers in the nearly 14,000 communities we serve.”
On Tuesday President Joe Biden said that 150,000 million Americans have received at least one dose of the three available vaccines and that 115,000 million were completely vaccinated against the virus.
“Getting vaccinated is easy. More than 150 million people have already gotten at least one dose of vaccine, and millions more are getting vaccinated every day,” said HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra. “Thanks to McDonalds, people will now be able to get trusted information about vaccines when they grab a cup of coffee or order a meal. Ending this pandemic requires all of us working together to do our part, including encouraging our friends and family to get vaccinated. This effort will help more people make informed decisions about their health and learn about steps they can take to protect themselves and their communities.”