THE CREATIVE COALITION AND NATIONAL BLUE RIBBON TASK FORCE UNVEIL NEW PSA TO STEM COVID-19 VACCINE HESITANCY
Academy Award-winning actor Morgan Freeman in a new spot urges Americans to “take care of one another. Get the COVID-19 Vaccine.”
Led by The Creative Coalition and Yale University School of Public Health, first-of-its-kind Task Force brings together corporate leaders, nation’s top doctors, entertainment industry, and NGOs to tackle COVID vaccine hesitancy
April 5, 2021 (NEW YORK, NY) – The Creative Coalition and the National Blue Ribbon Task Force today debuted a new PSA to stem COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy. The spot, titled “Be There. This Is Your Shot” and starring Academy Award-winning actor Morgan Freeman, urges Americans to “take care of one another. Get the vaccine.” The PSA is the first piece in a creative campaign hesitant Americans to roll up their sleeves in pursuit of a fully COVID-19 vaccinated nation.
WATCH THE NEW PSA STARRING MORGAN FREEMAN HERE.
“I’m not a doctor, but I trust science. And I’m told that, for some reason, people trust me,” Freeman says in the new PSA. “So here I am to say I trust science and I got the vaccine. If you trust me, you’ll get the vaccine. In math, it’s called the distributive property. In people, it’s called taking care of one another. Get the vaccine. Help make our world a safe place for us to enjoy ourselves again. Please.”
The “Be There. This Is Your Shot” PSA was developed by iconic advertising legend Allen Kay (“If you see something, say something”), edited by Jeff Fisher, with music by Brian Wayy, courtesy of Teletunez Music. The PSA was written by Emmy-nominated writer/producer Bill Prady (“The Big Bang Theory”) with support from Revelations Media.
About the National Blue Ribbon Task Force to Stem Covid-19 Hesitancy
Launched in February 2021, the National Blue Ribbon Task Force to Stem COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy is a national effort spearheaded by The Creative Coalition in partnership with the Dean of the Yale University School of Public Health that brings together the most significant influencers and leaders in the U.S. from the entertainment industry, Fortune 500 companies, academia, medicine, professional sports, retail, fashion, and NGOs to lead social welfare and public advocacy efforts to stem COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy. The Blue Ribbon Task Force provides programming, leadership, guidance, and creative assets in a national campaign aimed at reducing vaccine hesitancy across the most vulnerable communities.
In addition to The Creative Coalition and Yale School of Public Health, other entities that are part of the task force include APCO Worldwide, BNY Mellon, Craig Newmark Philanthropies, Deloitte, Franklin Templeton, Interpublic Group, Merck, NASCAR, Pace University, Stanley Black & Decker, The American Cleaning Institute, The Corcoran Group, UPS, ViacomCBS,and Walton Family Foundation, among others.
Co-chairs of the Task Force are Jenny Johnson, President & CEO, Franklin Templeton Investments; Margery Kraus, CEO & Executive Chairman, APCO Worldwide; Rob O’Neill, SVP, Content Strategy & Acquisitions, ViacomCBS; and Dr. Sten Vermund, Dean, Yale University School of Public Health.
THE CREATIVE COALITION is the premier nonprofit, 501(c)(3) nonpartisan charity of the entertainment industry dedicated to using the power and platform of the arts and entertainment communities in award-winning public service and advocacy campaigns. Founded in 1989 by prominent members of the creative community, The Creative Coalition is dedicated to educating, mobilizing, and activating its members on issues of public importance. Actor Tim Daly serves as the organization’s president. www.TheCreativeCoalition.org
THE SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH AT YALE UNIVERSITY provides leadership to protect and improve the health of the public. Through innovative education, research, policy analysis and practice that draws upon interdisciplinary scholarship from across the graduate and professional programs at Yale, the school serves local, national and international communities with its knowledge and expertise. We foster health equity, social justice and respectful discourse to enrich our teaching and scholarship, as well as empower the communities that we serve. www.publichealth.yale.edu
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