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.

Listen to NFL Alumni Health Fireside Chat with CDC Director

Hundreds of National Football League Alumni (NFLA) members joined NFL Alumni Health on Feb 10 for a special webinar featuring new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director, Rochelle Walensky, MD, MPH, who engaged in a “fireside chat” with NFL Alumni CEO Beasley Reece, to talk about and answer NFLA member questions about the COVID-19 vaccine.




% Fully Vaccinated in the U.S.

Source: As of August 1, 2021, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


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.


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.

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