More than half of his crew received the shot over the weekend. Tyler Perry, who received his COVID-19 vaccine on TV in January, is now helping his production crew take shots, in an effort to build confidence in it.
Over the weekend, film and television Mogul set up an immunization site at its Tyler Perry Studio production facility in Atlanta, Georgia. He covered the logistical costs of setting up the site and worked with the nearby Grady Hospital for the incident. Vaccines were open in the studio to anyone who wanted one and who has yet to receive it. Which included his entire entourage along with his family and friends. They were not compulsory.
“Still hesitating about the vaccine,” says Perry. “It is my hope that people will just go out and get the vaccine, and know that I have and other members of my staff have and we have [no problem, no problem.” A total of 250 shots were administered over the weekend. Since everyone was given the Pfizer vaccine, which required two doses, hospital staff would administer the second shots later this month.
For most of the epidemic, the studio has been in a “bubble” to protect against the spread of the virus. With the introduction of vaccines, this precaution will end this Saturday, April 10, although strict COVID-19 protocols will still apply for future presentations.
It is one of the first examples of a manufacturer that helps organize vaccination for members of its production. As the vaccine roll out differs from state to state, Hollywood studios have largely stayed out of the vaccination effort, telling the cast and crew to complete their appointments when they are deemed eligible Responsibility.