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  • Get a free Reid Park Zoo pass and COVID-19 shot on July 9

    Jul 06, 2022 | Read More News
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    Lioness at ZooThe Pima County Health Department will host a free COVID-19 clinic Saturday, July 9, in conjunction with the Reid Park Zoo's Summer Safari Nights event from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

    Free COVID-19 vaccines – including first and second boosters -- will be offered for those 5 years and older. Adult doses of Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson will be available.

    Individuals who are getting their vaccine will need to check in at Gate 7 to the left of the Zoo’s front entry and ticket booths (look for the signs) and will be directed to the vaccination clinic in the Event Garden. No appointment is necessary.

    Guests getting shots will receive a free daytime ticket to come back to the Zoo through Oct. 30, 2022, and can also stay to enjoy Summer Safari Night that evening. The theme will be Caring for Carnivores, featuring meat eaters such as the Zoo’s lions, African wild dogs and vultures. Award-winning children’s artist Mr. Nature will offer musical entertainment.

    “We encourage all those eligible to get boosted,” said Dr. Theresa Cullen, the Pima County Health Department director. “If you are up to date on your vaccination, you greatly reduce your chances of serious illness and hospitalization, even if you do get COVID.”

    The CDC has an online tool to help individuals determine if they are eligible for a booster.

    The Pima County Health Department also partnered with the Zoo on two vaccination events last summer.

    Individuals getting shots should bring their vaccination card if coming for second, third or booster doses. For children ages 5 to 11, they will need a consent form signed by a parent or guardian if it is their first dose, or their vaccination card for a second dose or booster.

    For a full list of vaccination sites, visit pima.gov/covid19vaccine.