National education campaign featuring NFL players will encourage Americans to get vaccinated

August 2, 2021 – NFL Alumni Health announced today that, in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it will kick off an outreach and education initiative to help build COVID-19 vaccination confidence. Rolling out nationally and in 20 NFL Alumni chapter cities and regions, the campaign will feature more than 40 current and retired NFL players who will encourage the public to make the decision to protect themselves, their families and their communities by getting vaccinated.

COVID-19: What’s Happening in Detroit and What to Expect in the Coming Months

Virtual Event Hosted by NFL Alumni Detroit Chapter and the Detroit Department of Health

Wednesday, April 20, 2022 | 7pm tp 7:45pm ET

Lomas Brown

Former OT, Detroit Lions, Super Bowl Champion,
7 Time Pro Bowler

Teena Chopra, MD, MPH, FACP

Professor of Medicine,
Division of Infectious Diseases
Wayne State University
Corporate Medical Director of Hospital Epidemiology, Infection Prevention, and Antibiotic Stewardship
Detroit Medical Center

Robert Dunne, MD

(Acting) Medical Director, Detroit Department of Health

Denise Fair Razo

Chief Public Health Officer, Detroit Department of Health


Reed Tuckson, MD

Co-Founder, Black Coalition Against COVID
Former President, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science
Former SVP of Standards, American Medical Association




% Completed Primary Series of Vaccines in the U.S.

Source: As of February 1, 2023, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

COVID Tracker Map


Cris Carter

Minnesota Vikings, Philadelphia Eagles
8 Time Pro Bowler, Pro Football Hall of Fame

Marshall Faulk

St. Louis Rams, Indianapolis Colts
Super Bowl Champion, 7 Time Pro Bowler, Pro Football Hall of Fame

Rod Woodson

Baltimore Ravens, Pittsburgh Steelers,
Super Bowl Champion, 11 Time Pro Bowler, Pro Football Hall of Fame

I spent 17 years in the National Football League as a defensive back, but not even I can defend against COVID alone. That's why I got vaccinated.

Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine Helps Protect You, Your Family, and Your Community

Getting a COVID-19 vaccine helps protect you, your family, your friends, and your community. Take it from Marshall Faulk, Cris Carter, Rod Woodson and Jerry Rice.


Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe?
It has been well-documented and reported that COVID-19 vaccines are effective. COVID-19 vaccines reduce the risk of you getting infected with the virus and can prevent hospitalizations and death. Getting a vaccine can also make you less likely to pass the virus on to others, including to those most vulnerable.

COVID-19 vaccines are safe. Before being authorized for use, the vaccines were evaluated in tens of thousands of diverse participants in clinical trials and all met the Food and Drug Administration’s rigorous scientific standards for safety, effectiveness and manufacturing quality.

The COVID-19 vaccine was developed so quickly. Can I trust it?
COVID-19 vaccines were developed quickly, but with great care. The scientists did not skip steps. They used processes that have been developed and tested for many years for circumstances like this – when there is an urgent need to create and test vaccines quickly.

COVID-19 vaccines were authorized based on clinical trials. Medical experts and doctors wanted to make sure the vaccines work safely and effectively for as many people as possible, so researchers collaborated with faith leaders, community organizations, and health clinics to reach volunteers from diverse populations. The vaccine clinical trials included adults and children of diverse backgrounds, races, ethnicities, and geographic areas.

Why is it so important to get the COVID-19 vaccine?
Getting vaccinated against COVID-19 is a way to take charge of your health.

Getting yourself vaccinated doesn’t just help protect you – it helps protect others, such as children who are too young to get vaccinated and those who are at increased risk of developing severe COVID-19, like older adults and people with lung or heart disease, diabetes, or conditions that affect their immune systems.

Getting vaccinated is one step toward bringing our communities – our neighborhoods, churches, and schools – back to life. As more people are vaccinated, we can begin to return to the moments we’ve missed with the people we care about.

How much do COVID-19 vaccines cost?
COVID-19 vaccines are free of charge to all people ages 12 and older.
Who is eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine?
COVID-19 vaccines are available to anyone aged 12 and older, regardless of immigration or health insurance status.