LORAIN, Ohio — Wednesday night is a big evening in Lorain, as "Rockin' on the River" becomes "Vaxxin on the River" with headliner Lita Ford taking the stage.
Prior to tonight's show, Lorain County Public Health (LCPH) announced yet another reason -- other than the legendary Ford -- to come out to the event: The city of Lorain will give out $50,000 in gift cards -- $10 to the first 5,000 vaccinated attendees.
Unlike years past, this year, the concert doesn't cost a thing if you show proof that you have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
“This is a way for us to say thank you to those who’ve received the vaccine and give others the chance to get their vaccine,” said Char Wray, RN of Mercy Health Lorain
“We know COVID-19 vaccines are our best shot to get everyone safely back to the people, places and activities they love. It’s what made this event possible, and with the Vaccination Celebration, we’re renewing our commitment to the vaccine effort. We are here to help provide access and coordinate with community partners so that any family who wants the benefit of vaccination gets easy, quick and safe access to it,” said Ed Oley, Market President of Mercy Health – Lorain.
Ford spoke with Monica Robins prior to the event:
The Vaccination Celebration is being held at Black River Landing. Doors opened at 5 p.m. with the show starting at 6:30 p.m.
“I really do believe that if it weren’t for vaccinations, every restaurant in this country would be shut down this summer. This is a great way to keep the momentum going with those efforts while celebrating how far we’ve come. It’s a huge act, we’re working with the hospital and health department, and it’s everyone’s favorite concert venue – it’s a no brainer,” said Rockin’ on the River promoter Bob Earley.
In addition to free admission for those already vaccinated, Lorain County Public Health was on site from the time doors opened until 7 p.m., offering vaccines for anyone wishing to get their shot and a free ticket to the show.
“For vaccinated rock ‘n’ roll fans, we encourage you to invite friends to get vaccinated at the concert and to enjoy live music on the Black River,” said Dave Covell, Health Commissioner at Lorain County Public Health. “Anyone who is ready to get vaccinated now and enjoy the concert later can visit LorainCountyHealth.com to find a free COVID-19 vaccine clinic.”
In addition to headliner and fan favorite, Ford, tonight's concert will include The Michael Weber Show, a rock group centered around 22-year-old guitar phenom Michael Weber, as its opening act.
There will also be food, spirits and vendors available.