To close the vaccination gap, some public health experts say it’s better to meet communities where they are instead of shaming people hesitant to get the shot. Well, San Francisco’s Stern Grove Festival appears to have taken that advice to heart.
At this Sunday’s edition of the free concert series, attendees can get their jab of the Pfizer or Johnson & Johnson vaccine as they groove to jazz and soul stylings of Thundercat, Cassowary and DJ Shortcut.
The festival is pulling this medical intervention off with help from Kaiser Permanente, and concert-goers who get vaccinated at the Aug. 8 show will get first dibs on RSVPs for the Aug. 29 festival finale with Too $hort and Tower of Power. Those who make the Aug. 29 concert can get their second Pfizer dose there as well. Reservations for the Thundercat show are already full, and signups for Too $hort and Tower of Power open to the public on the 17th.
Stern Grove’s announcement comes as an increasing number of Bay Area concert venues begin requiring proof of vaccination for entry. KQED reported last week that Rickshaw Stop, Oasis, F8, The Independent, Bill Graham Civic Auditorium and Eli’s Mile High Club ask for vaccination cards at the door. And several other clubs, festivals and arts institutions have since followed suit.