Hampton Roads museums offering free admissions along with COVID-19 vaccines

COVID-19 Vaccine

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (WAVY) — Several Hampton Roads Museums are giving free admission along with COVID-19 vaccines for the holiday season.

Celebrate Healthcare will host the vaccine clinics at several museums in Hampton Roads to get more families vaccinated.

The vaccine campaign entails free admission for families and friends that get vaccinated. In addition, residents who renew or enroll in a Health Insurance Marketplace plan or Medicaid will also get free admission.

“We’re hoping families will come together to get vaccinated or get a booster. Whatever it takes,” said Celebrate Healthcare president Gaylene Kanoyton. “Bring your kids in. Then they can all tour afterward. We want to make it a fun event and get enrolled in health insurance too.”

Celebrate Healthcare has been around since 2013, when people became eligible to enroll for Affordable Healthcare Insurance.

Kanoyton says she never expected to be hosting vaccine clinics and it’s been tough to get people to get vaccinated.

“However, with the new variants coming about and more people getting educated on the COVID vaccine, it’s becoming a little easier. We still have a group of hesitant folks who do not want to get vaccinated. As long as we’re in places where they can walk down the street, we’ll have success,” she said.

The Virginia Living Museum is hosting the first clinic.

“We protect what’s precious and that does not only mean our environment but we’re protecting what’s precious with our families and community so when you come here, you have a wonderful family experience. There’s that connection and when you come this weekend, we’re blessed to protect the community with our vaccination clinic,” said Andrea Svendsen with the museum.

Svendsen says the museum was blessed to be able to receive funding from the CARES ACT for air purification, which she says makes it even safer.

“We were able to open the outdoors. We were able to stay open for the community and keep everyone safe and keep doing our mission. We kept protecting what’s precious here, ” she said.

Svendsen is thrilled the museum will be able to welcome people and make sure they can celebrate the holidays safe.

Kanoyton hopes that people will take advantage of the clinics to fight the pandemic.

“We’re in a community public health crisis. It’s everyone’s responsibility to get vaccinated so we can come out of this pandemic and have some form of normalcy. We have learned how to do things in different ways. Many people have died behind it. It’s all our responsibility to get vaccinated and make sure everyone else gets vaccinated. So, come out to the museums. Bring your family out. Get vaccinated. Come enroll in a health insurance plan and we’re here to help,” she said.

Flu shots and COVID rapid testing will also be offered along with face painting, arts and crafts and a suprise appearance from Santa Claus.

The museums and scheduled vaccine events are as follows:

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