City of San Antonio Urges Vaccination with Six Community Murals Throughout Areas Hardest Hit by Pandemic

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SAN ANTONIO (July 13, 2021) – The City of San Antonio and Metro Health collaborated with the arts nonprofit Supporting Multiple Art Resources Together (SMART) to encourage residents in communities hardest hit by COVID-19 to roll up their sleeves and get vaccinated to protect themselves and their loved ones from the virus through a series of community murals. To date, more than 1,02,789 people (61 percent) are fully vaccinated. There are 1,225,427 people (73.7 percent) who have received at least one dose. The campaign seeks to increase vaccination rates amongst all eligible people.

To commemorate the vaccine murals, the City will host a vaccine bike tour the evening of July 13 with local cycling group SATX Social Ride. Cyclists will begin the tour at Legacy Park at 6:30 p.m. for networking and giveaways from Vision Zero, Metro Health and SASpeakUp. The group will tour the murals located on Main Street and South Flores.

The murals are part of the City's What Will it Take (WWIT) COVID-19 prevention campaign, which encourages residents to get vaccinated against COVID-19. The murals are in the following neighborhoods:
Artist Ana Hernandez's mural depicts her 71-year-old, father-in-law Gerry Burnell wearing a cowboy hat. His sleeve is rolled up with a bandage across his arm, proudly showing off that he received a COVID-19 vaccine.

"I wanted to show him being responsible and doing his part to help stop the spread of the coronavirus, and I hope this mural will remind other people to get the vaccine too," Hernandez said.

Artist Gerry "Gerardo" Garcia's mural highlights his 64-year-old, mother-in-law Eulalia Avila standing with a ribbon flowing in front and back of her. At her feet are her two beloved pets.

"I wanted to highlight her to show that by getting the vaccine she will be protected from COVID and will be around to take care of her dogs that are her companions. They would be lost without her," Garcia said.

Artist Kim Bishop painted a portrait of her mother, Alicia Helton, 81, wearing a mask surrounded by a frame of roses. "The mural is a representation of everyone's mom," she said. "Her mask is a message to everyone to please be careful and get vaccinated so that you don't spread the coronavirus to your mother or grandmother."

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Artist Kaldric Dow chose to highlight his 50-year-old father, Ronald Owens, with a Do It For SA mask. "The mural is a reminder for people to get vaccinated to make sure you are protected against COVID-19," Dow said.

Artist James Medrano's mural features SMART founder Andy Benavides, his wife, Yvette, and son, Agusto, with a blue sky and a rainbow behind them to signify brighter days are ahead and that the pandemic will hopefully come to an end.

"I painted them without a mask to show that if people get a vaccine, we can get back to normal and not have to wear masks," Medrano said.

Residents and visitors are encouraged to visit the murals, take a photo and share it on social media with the hashtag #DoItForSA explaining why they got their COVID-19 vaccine.

More information is available at The WWIT campaign was produced by the City of San Antonio's Government and Public Affairs Department, Metro Health, and agencies MM Creative, Giant Noise San Antonio and their teams.

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