Saban tapes message encouraging Alabamians to get vaccinated

Alabama football coach Nick Saban has taped a public service announcement encouraging Alabamians to get vaccinated

The Alabama Department of Public Health says Saban and others, including former NBA star Charles Barkley, participated in the PSA saying vaccinations are the way to make sure sports stadiums are filled and “loud again” this fall.

Less than 25% of Alabamians have been fully vaccinated, which ranks last nationally, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The public service announcement is part of a campaign by the Alabama Department of Public Health to address vaccine hesitancy, State Health Officer Scott Harris said.

University of Alabama athletic director Greg Byrne has said the school intends to allow 100% capacity next season for the defending national champions.

Byrne posted a tweet saying he appreciated “Coach Saban’s leadership encouraging vaccination.”

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