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File #: 21-3172   
Type: Staff Briefing - Without Ordinance
In control: Community Health and Equity Committee
On agenda: 4/22/2021
Posting Language: A briefing providing updates on the City of San Antonio’s What Will It Take COVID-19 vaccine campaign [Jeff Coyle, Assistant City Manager]
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DATE: April 22, 2021 Community Health and Equity Committee

DEPARTMENT: Government and Public Affairs

DEPARTMENT HEAD: Jeff Coyle, Assistant City Manager and Interim Director of Government and Public Affairs


SUBJECT: A briefing providing updates on the City of San Antonio's What Will It Take COVID-19 vaccine campaign

The Government and Public Affairs Department and Metro Health will provide an update regarding the second phase of its award-winning What Will It Take Campaign. The current phase of this marketing and communications campaign emphasizes the importance of continuing to wear masks, social distance and getting a vaccine. As vaccine availability increases, the City is proactively communicating the benefits of getting the COVID-19 vaccine to address hesitancy in the community.

GPA and Metro Health have worked with Giant Noise San Antonio and MM Creative to develop and implement an integrated marketing and communications campaign, entitled What Will It Take, that is targeted to specific audiences that have been most impacted by COVID-19.
The campaign is centered around vaccine messaging developed by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), State Department of Health Services and the City's Community Response and Equity Coalition Vaccine Confidence subgroup.
As of April 15, 2021, 47% of the eligible population in San Antonio have received at least one dose of the vaccine. 28% of the eligible population are fully vaccinated. While Bexar County is exceeding both state and national averages, proactive communication and messaging will further ease vaccine hesitancy in the community, especially among most impacted communities. The CDC has not defined a percentage of people who would need to be vaccinated to achieve herd immunity, however, getting the COVID-19 vaccine is a safer way to build protection from getting sick.
This phase of the campaign reinforces the importance of continuing...

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