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DeKalb County offering incentive at vaccination event this weekend

Gené Hunter
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(ATLANTA, Ga.) DeKalb County is hosting an event this weekend to get people vaccinated against COVID-19.

Saturday, anyone who gets the vaccination will receive a $100 prepaid debit card as well as the chance to meet NBA legend Dikembe Mutombo and gospel singer Dottie Peoples.

The last vaccination event the county held Mutombo attended and over 1,100 people participated and received shots. This weekend, the event is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Stonecrest Mall and in addition to Mutuombo and Peoples, trumpeter Milkshake Mayfield and gospel radio host Larry Tinsley will also be in attendance.

"DeKalb County's last vaccination event was very successful, with more than 1,150 people getting vaccinated," DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond said. "By using the right message, respected messengers, a convenient location and an attractive incentive, we are making a difference in the fight against this deadly virus."

Anyone 12 years or older is eligible to receive the vaccination and receive the $100 incentive. Both Moderna and Pfizer vaccines will be available. Attendees are able to stay in their car while they receive the shots, walk-ups are also welcome.

In addition to vaccinations, MedCura Health will also be there to offer COVID-19 tests, if someone needs to get tested.

While the vaccine and event is free of charge, attendees are asked to bring their insurance information and a photo ID, if available. Participants will not be billed for their vaccine shot, but an administration fee may be applied for Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurance, according to a news release.

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