WNBA Star Elizabeth Williams on Campaign to Get People Vaccinated

In Summary

She joined Nayyera Haq on “The World Tonight” to discuss the WNBA’s approach to get people vaccinated.

The Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) is used to fighting for respect and attention ever since it was founded in 1996 and played its first game in 1997. They have been on the forefront of fighting for issues such as social justice, gender equality, voter suppression and protecting against the COVID-19 vaccine. 

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“This pandemic has really highlighted the fact that health equity just isn’t a reality right now. The virus is disproportionately impacting racial, ethnic minority groups, especially African Americans,” Elizabeth Williams said. 

As it pertains to the vaccine, the league announced on June 28 that 99% of its players were fully vaccinated. They were the first major sports league in North America to reach almost 100% vaccination. 

Now, they are taking it a step further by telling their die-hard fans to educate themselves on the vaccine and to get it.  

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The WNBA has partnered with the Black Women’s Health Imperative, a non-profit organization, to create the “Take The Shot for the WIN” campaign. The goal of the campaign is to expand outreach to increase the number of vaccinations in communities of color. 

“We’ve seen the effectiveness of vaccines. We’re seeing in groups like the Black Women’s Health Imperative the fact that there’re innovative treatments out there that can help people of color,” Williams said. “In reality, we’ve seen the positive impact of vaccinated communities in reducing the spread of COVID and reducing hospitalization and death.” 

Williams, who is a star player on the Atlanta Dream and one of the leaders of the campaign, knows something about taking care of her health. Her dad is a doctor and her mom is a nurse. 

“It was really important for me to educate myself and feel like our entire league of players was educated as well.” 

Check out more from BNC’s Black Women’s Health Initiative here.

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