Local artists collaborate with City of San Antonio to increase community awareness of the importance of the COVID-19 Vaccine
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SAN ANTONIO (April 14, 2021) – The City of San Antonio continues to share educational information with residents to increase awareness about the importance of getting vaccinated to help decrease the spread of COVID-19. As Metro Health pop-up clinics continue to make vaccines more accessible to the community, the City collaborated with local San Antonio artists to launch phase two of its award-winning COVID-19 prevention campaign entitled "What Will It Take" (WWIT). This campaign continues to remind residents to help to slow the spread of COVID-19 by wearing masks, social distancing and ultimately get vaccinated as soon as they are able.

"We are excited to see this campaign come to life. We hope that these murals serve as a reminder to our community to stay safe and to get vaccinated as soon as possible. Many of these murals feature our own neighbors and once again demonstrate how much our community cares for one another. We encourage our residents to tour the murals as they are installed," said Mayor Ron Nirenberg.

The second phase of the WWIT campaign features a partnership with the arts organization Supporting Multiple Arts Resources Together (S.M.A.R.T) led by Andy Benavides and Yvette Benavides. All murals were created by local artists including Rubio in District 5, Kaldric Dow in District 2, Jerry Garcia in District 4, Ana Hernandez in District 3 and Kim Bishop in District 7 to share messages of encouragement to get vaccinated and to also bring life to the walls of small businesses in the heart of neighborhoods. This campaign also includes on-the-ground outreach efforts and a "Paletas in the Park" program that brings vaccine information and a refreshing treat to families in areas of the City that have been most impacted by the pandemic.

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"Our community is resilient and will continue to work on keeping each other safe. We are thankful for the educational information and resources shared by the City to keep our residents healthy and provide them access to vaccines and other health resources. These murals are a wonderful addition to our district and thankful for the local artists who worked on this project," said District 5 Councilwoman Shirley Gonzales.

Metro Health has created an interactive map of "pop-up" vaccine clinic events in Bexar County. This map allows residents to filter information by vaccine manufacturer, date, and location. Metro Health will continue to work with local community agencies to host these no-cost COVID-19 "pop-up" vaccine clinics using health and equity data to coordinate events. No registration is needed to attend these clinics and if residents have questions, they can call 311 or email COVID-19@sanantonio.gov.

"Having a higher quantity of vaccines allocated to Metro Health, has allowed the City to create pop-up vaccination events in neighborhoods that have been impacted the most by COVID-19. We will continue to prioritize our vulnerable populations and provide them as much access as possible to vaccines with the help of community health workers. We are very proud of how well our vaccination rates are doing locally and hope to continue to increase the amount of people vaccinated by this summer," said City Manager Erik Walsh.

Mural Locations and Installation Dates

Estimated
Installation
Date
DistrictAddressArtistLocation
May 11 52202 South Flores StreetRubioNeighborhood Store
May 15 22553 East Houston StreetKaldrick DowFIRST STOP
June 5 4 5401 SW MilitaryJerry GarciaKIM Store
May 16 3 2402 Hicks AvenueAna HernandezHighland Food Mart
May 29 7 1005 Donaldson AvenueKim BishopJefferson Bodega
June 5 11528 North Main AvenueJames "Supa" MedranoMarriage and Family Institute of San Antonio

Residents can learn more at covid19.sanantonio.gov. 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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***Media Partners: please note that the attached photos are sketches and not the final murals.***

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