From The Tribune staff reports
MONTGOMERY — The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) is turning to social media to promote the COVID-19 vaccination.
The Department is sponsoring a TikTok contest for persons between the ages of 13 and 29. ADPH said the purpose is to encourage vaccination against COVID-19 before the beginning of the school year.
“Vaccination is important in protecting adolescents and others against symptomatic COVID-19 disease,” the ADPH said in a press release. “The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is authorized for most people age 12 and older.”
To participate, contestants are to submit a TikTok video showing themselves getting vaccinated or include a creative message explaining, “This is why I got vaccinated.”All videos must tag @alcovidvaccine, #getvaccinatedAL and #ADPH.
Participants will be judged on creativity, originality and popularity (likes and shares). A panel of judges composed of advertising professionals and ADPH personnel will select four winners who will each be awarded a $250 Visa gift card.
TikTok videos can be submitted between July 16 – August 6, 2021.
@alcovidvaccineKicking off the ADPH Vaccine TikTok contest! https://www.alabamapublichealth.gov ##getvaccinatedAL ##ADPH