The Hollywood Casino Columbus in Ohio did its part to boost the number of vaccinated patrons against COVID-19. The rate of vaccinated people living in its Ohio zip code was lower than the city average. The casino decided to stage a vaccine clinic on Saturday, June 12 to address the issue.
Columbus Health Commissioner Dr. Mysheika Roberts issued the following statement:
“The vaccination rate in the casino’s zip code is only around 36% which is lower than the rest of the county. The clinic gives us an opportunity to take the vaccine to that neighborhood so we can reduce barriers and protect more people.”
To sweeten the effort, Hollywood Casino decided to trade shots for slots. Patron’s 21 and older received $10 in casino slot credit for getting vaccinated at the clinic.
Steve Newsome is the marketing manager for Hollywood Casino Columbus. He added his thoughts on the event as follows:
“Columbus Public Health brought some of their stats and figures saying that the zip code that we’re presently in is actually the lowest vaccinated zip code in the city. So we said, we have our event center, we have a ton of space to be able to host this event. So we invited them in and decided to throw a $10 free slot play carrot to it as well.”
The minimum age to receive a shot was 12 years old. Both the Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines were available. People could schedule an appointment or just walk in all day long. Fo anyone requiring a second shot, July 10 has been set aside as well. The casino will also kick in another free $10 in slot play.
As Vice President and General Manage of Hollywood Casino Columbus,
“One of our core values is being a great community partner and we feel the need to live that value now, more than ever. There is no better feeling than being able to host this clinic after the year we have all experienced together.
The clinic ran from 9 a.m. (ET) in the morning until 3 p.m. in the afternoon. It took place at the Hollywood Casino Columbus Event Center. The only requirement to participate was a photo ID and health insurance card if available.
Hollywood Casino Columbus is located on 200 Georgeville Road in the city of Columbus Ohio. It features non-stop gaming excitement with more than 2,200 slot games and 100 table games. The venue offers a MyHeroes program to honor those who serve the community and the country.
This applies to first responders as well as active-duty military personnel. The program was initiated on May 15 and it acts as a customer loyalty card. Membership includes special discounts and promotional offers. Anyone eligible can sign-up at Player Services.
Hollywood Casino Columbus also offers the general MyChoice customer loyalty program for all patrons. This offers a world of rewards including a spin for $1000 in Free Slot Play credit.