Posts tagged with "Promote COVID-19 vaccinations"

Texas Governor Greg Abbott tests positive for COVID-19 despite receiving vaccination

August 19, 2021

Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R), 63, has tested positive for COVID-19 and is under quarantine—being treated with monoclonal antibodies—the governor’s office announced in a release on August 17, reported DFW, a CBS-TV local affiliate.

“Governor Greg Abbott today tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. The governor has been testing daily, and today was the first positive test result. Governor Abbott is in constant communication with his staff, agency heads, and government officials to ensure that state government continues to operate smoothly and efficiently. The governor will isolate in the Governor’s Mansion and continue to test daily. Governor Abbott is receiving Regeneron’s monoclonal antibody treatment.”

While Governor Abbott has fought masking in schools and a mask mandate overall, back in 2020, on Tuesday, December 22, he joined the ranks of governors receiving the COVID-19 vaccine on live television in hopes of assuring the public that the inoculations are safe.

But that’s as far as he went: Back in April, he issued an executive order stopping government agencies and state-funded organizations from requiring proof of vaccination.

Then, on Thursday, July 29, he issued a new executive order to bring “clarity and uniformity” to the state’s COVID-19 response. The new order bans any local government in the state from requiring residents to get vaccinated. It also allows any business to continue operating at full capacity, no matter the virus’ rate of spread or how many people are hospitalized with COVID-19.

Now—with cases of the Delta variant skyrocketing throughout the state—Abbott appealed for out-of-state help on Monday, August 9.

Abbott has directed the Texas Department of State Health Services to use staffing agencies to find additional medical staff from beyond the state’s borders as the delta wave began to overwhelm its present staffing resources.

He also has sent a letter to the Texas Hospital Association to request that hospitals postpone all elective medical procedures voluntarily. Hospital officials in Houston said last week that area hospitals with beds had insufficient numbers of nurses to serve them.

Abbott also directed the state health department and the Texas Division of Emergency Management to open additional COVID-19 antibody infusion centers to treat patients not needing hospital care and expand COVID-19 vaccine availability to the state’s underserved communities.

The governor is taking action short of lifting his emergency order banning county and local government entities from requiring the wearing of masks and social distancing to lower the COVID-19 risk. He has said repeatedly that Texans have the information and intelligence to make their own decisions on what steps to take to protect their health and the health of those around them.

Abbott isn’t currently experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, according to his office.

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins, who is often at odds with Gov. Abbott when it comes to COVID-19 response, tweeted, “I hope @GovAbbott gets well quickly. Our enemy is the virus. Its enemy is all of us.”

Research contact: @CBSDFW

White House teams up with Match Group to add vaccination stickers to dating profiles

May 24, 2021

The Dallas-based Match Group has teamed up with the White House to promote COVID-19 vaccinations across its leading U.S. brands—among them, Tinder, Match, OkCupid, Hinge, Plenty of Fish, BLK, and Chispa.

Campaigns will include information on where to find COVID-19 vaccine sites and vaccination badges for singles to display on their profiles; as well as free “Super Likes” and other boost-type features for U.S. users who say they are vaccinated.

The campaigns will launch in the coming weeks and run until July 4th.

“Human connection is so vital for healthy lives—it’s why I am so committed to this business,” said Shar Dubey, CEO of Match Group in a company press release. “We are honored to work with the White House on increasing vaccinations across America, which will allow people to once again meet in person and engage in meaningful ways. This will make dating safer for everyone, everywhere.”

For many users across Match Group’s dating platforms, COVID-19 vaccinations are seen as a necessary step for singles to be able to date safely in person. Users this year have proactively posted about their vaccine status and say they view this as an important component of compatibility.

Below are examples of vaccine promotion campaigns launching across Match Group:

  • Tinder:Members will be able to add a variety of stickers to their profiles, including “I’m Vaccinated” or “Vaccines Save Lives,” with Tinder giving those who support the campaign a free “Super Like” to help them stand out among potential matches starting in early June. Tinder also will launch a “Vaccine Center” with a suite of resources to educate and connect members with their nearest vaccination site.
  • Match:Members will be able to add a new “Vaccinated” badge to their profile to display their vaccine status, with those who participate in the campaign receiving a free “Boost” to help them stand out on the app.
  • OkCupid: Daters will be able to add an “I’m Vaccinated” profile badge and will be featured within OkCupid’s “Vaccinated” stack—its new matching system. Those who participate also will receive a free “Boost.” The campaign will begin May 24.
  • Hinge:Hinge will give users who participate in their vaccination campaign a free “Rose,” which indicates to other users that they’re especially excited to get to know them. Hinge will encourage users to share their vaccination status on their profile starting June 1.
  • Plenty of Fish: Members will be able to add an “I Got My Shot” badge to their profiles in early June. Those who participate will receive 20 Live! credits to use on the Plenty of Fish Live! streaming feature
  • BLK: BLK will add a new “Vaxified” profile badge for singles to show their support for ending the COVID-19 pandemic. When singles add the badge to their profile, they will also get a free “Boost” on the app to be one of the first profiles seen by their matches.
  • Chispa:Chispa will add a new “Vacunado” profile badge for Latinx singles to show their support for ending the pandemic. Singles who add the badge to their profile will get a free “Boost,” making them one of the first profiles to be seen by their matches. The feature will be available starting June 1

Additional details on campaigns will be available in the coming weeks.

Research contact: @Match