Tuesday afternoon, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms received the coronavirus vaccine at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The stadium is the largest federally-run mass vaccination site in the Southeastern United States. It is supported by FEMA, the United States Department of Defense, the Georgia Emergency Management Agency, and the Fulton County Department of Health.

Mercedes-Benz Stadium has the capacity to vaccinate 42,000 people a week, upwards of 10,000 a day on Sundays.

“That wasn’t bad at all,” she said, after getting vaccinated. “I hate getting shots and that didn’t hurt.”

Before Bottoms received the shot, she talked about racial disparity and encouraged hesitant Atlanta residents to get vaccinated as well.

“It’s the reason we are at Mercedes-Benz Stadium,” she said. “We are in the heart of the Westside community and what we wanted to do in expanding these community vaccination sites and working with the White House to do that was to identify places in the community that needed access, that needed easy access.”

Last year, Bottoms and her husband Derek each tested positive for the coronavirus last summer. The Mayor has said her husband has been a long-hauler since his diagnosis. Since then, Bottoms has quarantined and followed the protocols.

“But what I share with President Biden, when I met with he and Vice President Harris, and many governors and mayors from across the country, is we’ve not been able to test that theory yet in Atlanta,” Bottoms said. “I’ve heard about vaccine hesitancy, but all I know is that we have people calling every day asking how they can get their vaccine. So to the extent that there is any hesitancy, I took my mother to get her vaccinations when her age group was called as a show of my trust in the vaccine. And now I am here, doing it publicly as well.”

The program lasts eight weeks. For the first three weeks, individuals will receive the first dose of the Pfizer Vaccine. From weeks four through six, those same individuals can come back for their second dose of the Pfizer vaccine. For the final two weeks, individuals will receive the single-dose of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine.

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms prepares to get vaccinated by Dr. Carlos del Rio, MD at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Tuesday, March 30, 2021 in Atlanta. Del Rio is chair of the Department of Global Health at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University's School of Medicine. (Photo: Itoro N. Umontuen/The Atlanta Voice)

Itoro Umontuen currently serves as Managing Editor of The Atlanta Voice. Upon his arrival to the historic publication, he served as their Director of Photography. As a mixed-media journalist, Umontuen...

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