Fiserv Forum
Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee (Photo by Jonathon Sadowski)

Bucks, Milwaukee Health Department team up to raffle off two free tickets to people who get vaccinated against COVID-19 before Game 4 on Wednesday.

Want to be in the Fiserv Forum when the Milwaukee Bucks (hopefully) tie up the NBA Finals this Wednesday, but don’t want to shell out $580 or more for a seat? 

If you’re unvaccinated against COVID-19, you can get a jab outside the Fiserv Forum before Game 4 Wednesday to be entered in a drawing to win two free tickets to the game courtesy of a partnership between the Bucks and the Milwaukee Health Department.

Health workers will be on-site to administer the one-dose Johnson & Johnson and two-dose Pfizer vaccine from 6 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. Wednesday. The drawing will take place at 7:45 p.m., just in time for the 8 p.m. tip-off.

The Bucks and Milwaukee health officials also joined forces last month for a COVID-19 vaccine clinic and ticket raffle for Game 6 of the Bucks’ series against the Brooklyn Nets, and held a clinic before Game 3 of that series. 

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Milwaukee Health Commissioner Kirsten Johnson, in a statement to local media outlets, said more than 130 people have received a shot at the Bucks clinics.

The efforts come as fewer and fewer people are getting vaccinated against COVID-19 and as the highly contagious Delta variant spreads rapidly throughout the country. Just 49% of Milwaukee County residents have received their first dose of vaccine, according to Wisconsin Department of Health Services data, compared to a statewide rate of 50.8%. 

Wisconsin’s vaccination rate further lags the national number of 55.5% of the population having received a first dose.