FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 20, 2021
Cody Hefner, Cincinnati Museum Center, (513) 608-5777, firstname.lastname@example.org
Bo McMillan, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, email@example.com
Cincinnati Museum Center teaming up with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital to host COVID vaccine clinic for children
Free admission for those receiving the vaccine Dec. 29
CINCINNATI – Cincinnati Museum Center (CMC) is teaming up with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center to help vaccinate children against COVID-19 during a free clinic at Union Terminal on Wednesday, December 29. No appointment is necessary for the clinic, which will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The clinic is geared toward children ages 5 to 11, but older children and adults can also receive the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine at no charge, in addition to a flu vaccine.
Clinical trials at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital have demonstrated that the Pfizer vaccine is safe and effective for children as well as adults, and the medical center has vaccinated thousands of young children since the vaccine was authorized for ages 5 to 11.
“Our community is continuing to push back against the COVID-19 pandemic and vaccination remains the path to beating this virus. We all have to do our part by getting the shot for ourselves, our families and our community,” said Elizabeth Pierce, president & CEO of Cincinnati Museum Center. “With a significant portion of our guests falling in that 5-11 age range, we’re excited to partner with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital to protect our young guests and our community.”
As an added incentive and to make the vaccine more accessible to the community, both CMC and the Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center (HHC) are offering free admission for that day to anyone receiving their vaccine at Union Terminal on December 29. Additionally, both CMC and HHC will offer free museum admission through January 31 to any child who shows proof of COVID vaccination.
“Everyone who gets vaccinated is doing something heroic. They’re doing their part to protect their community. We want to encourage and reward our young superheroes for offering their arm in this fight against COVID-19,” added Pierce.
Mayor-elect Aftab Pureval will tour the clinic during the event to show his support and to encourage other parents to get their children vaccinated.
Susan Wade-Murphy, RN, assistant vice president for Patient Services, who oversees COVID vaccination clinics at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, said CMC offers a great opportunity to reach children enjoying their winter break who might have been too busy before to get vaccinated.
“Vaccinating them now will ensure they return to school protected while also giving them free entrance to Cincinnati Museum Center,” Wade-Murphy said. “While our focus continues to be on kids, we want to reach anyone who is ready to receive the COVID vaccine – including parents, grandparents and other community members. Our goal is to reach anyone visiting Cincinnati Museum Center, and we are also conducting outreach to the nearby West End neighborhood.”
Wade-Murphy noted that along with the arrival of cold weather, the flu season has begun. “We are providing both flu and COVID vaccines in one setting, and you can choose one or both,” she said. “The U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention fully approves getting both vaccines at the same time. It is perfectly safe and very efficient.”
About Cincinnati Museum Center
Cincinnati Museum Center (CMC) at Union Terminal is a nationally recognized, award-winning institution housed in a National Historic Landmark. CMC is a vital community resource that sparks curiosity, inspiration, epiphany and dialogue. CMC was awarded the 2009 National Medal for Museum and Library Service from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and received accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums in 2012, one of a select few museums in the nation to receive both honors. Organizations within CMC include the Cincinnati History Museum, Museum of Natural History & Science, Children’s Museum, Robert D. Lindner Family OMNIMAX® Theater, Cincinnati History Library and Archives and the Geier Collections and Research Center. Housed in historic Union Terminal – a National Historic Landmark restored in 2018 and recognized as the nation’s 45th most important building by the American Institute of Architects – CMC welcomes more than 1.8 million visits annually, making it one of the most visited museums in the country. For more information, visit www.cincymuseum.org.
About Champion More Curiosity
The $85 million Champion More Curiosity campaign is shaping Cincinnati Museum Center’s future while creating generations of critical thinkers to power the innovation of our region. By Championing More Curiosity and helping build the future of Cincinnati Museum Center, you can fuel the economic prosperity of our region. Champion More Curiosity will build or reimagine over a dozen permanent exhibits and galleries and equip state-of-the-art labs for cutting-edge research for students from elementary grades to post-docs. Today’s wide-eyed explorers will be tomorrow’s innovators. We work shoulder-to-shoulder to engage our community in monumental moments of epiphany, wonder and connection. As we inspire all generations to learn, grow and thrive at Cincinnati Museum Center, we Champion More Curiosity. Consider making a lifelong impact by donating in support of Championing More Curiosity at www.supportcmc.org.
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