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Maryland Department of Health expands GoVAX
campaign, names Juan Dixon as new Ambassador
Baltimore, MD –
The Maryland Department of Health (MDH) today expanded Maryland’s GoVAX campaign, launching new public service
announcements featuring Coppin State University Men’s
Basketball Coach and former NBA player Juan Dixon. GoVAX encourages all Marylanders
to protect themselves, their families and communities by getting vaccinated
when they become eligible.
“As a mentor to young adults and student-athletes,
Coach Dixon is an important addition to our campaign,” said MDH Acting
Secretary Dennis R. Schrader. “His participation helps communicate about the importance of vaccine
confidence, especially to younger Marylanders in communities that have been
disproportionately affected by COVID-19.”
“I’m going to get the vaccine
because it’s the right thing to do. I want to see my family, I want to spend
time with my friends—I want my kids to get back to having a normal life,” said
Coach Dixon. “The quicker we can get the vaccine, the quicker we can move
forward. And when there’s an opportunity for everyone to go out and get the
vaccine, they should definitely get it.”
Coach Dixon joins Maryland’s
growing list of GoVAX Ambassadors, including:
Hogan and First Lady Yumi Hogan
Governor Boyd K. Rutherford
U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams
President Dr. Freeman Hrabowski and Retired Vice President of T. Rowe Price
Jacqueline C. Hrabowski
Walter Scott Thomas of New Psalmist Baptist Church
Matthew Watley and Shawna Watley of Kingdom Fellowship AME Church
Kathleen Page, Associate Professor of Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University
School of Medicine
Dixon’s public service announcement is now airing statewide on television and
will soon debut on social media, with a longer format video interview to be
added at covidLINK.maryland.gov. As vaccine eligibility continues to expand, MDH will continue to add
GoVAX Ambassadors who share their personal stories about getting vaccinated to
encourage all Marylanders to do the same.
Maryland providers have administered more than 82% of all first doses received
from the federal government, contributing to 936,557 COVID-19 vaccinations
statewide. Maryland is averaging 26,360 shots per day.
information about COVID-19 in Maryland—including GoVAX campaign media, vaccine resources,
fact sheets and FAQ—visit covidLINK.maryland.gov.
To see the
latest COVID-19 data for Maryland, visit coronavirus.maryland.gov.
The Maryland Department of Health is dedicated to
protecting and improving the health and safety of all Marylanders through
disease prevention, access to care, quality management and community engagement.
Follow us on Twitter @MDHealthDept and at Facebook.com/MDHealthDept.
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