Inside Kanye West’s ‘Donda’ Event, 4 Out of 40,000 Fans Got COVID-19 Vaccine

2021-08-12T07:51:25+00:00August 12th, 2021|

Last week, Kanye West held his second album listening event for Donda at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium, with more than 40,000 ticketed fans in attendance. The event provided vaccinations for those who haven’t already taken the shot to help slow the transmission of COVID-19, and on Wednesday (Aug. 11), a stadium rep told Billboard that four people got a vaccine shot that evening.

The listening event provided Pfizer shots for those in need inside the stadium, and the venue promoted its efforts on social media, offering vaccines in sections 340-347 until 9:30 p.m. Thursday night.

Before the event, the stadium remained active in its attempts to get fans vaccinated. On Aug. 4, the venue announced a two-hour pop-up for Atlanta Falcons fans looking to attend that weekend’s team open practice. The Mercedes-Benz Stadium rep informs Billboard that “about 30” vaccines were distributed for the Falcons Open Practice and that they “will continue to have vaccines available for Falcons games this NFL season.” From January to June, the sports and entertainment stadium has served as a community vaccination site for Atlanta residents.

On Saturday, a mobile vaccination clinic operated for four hours ahead of Garth Brooks’ concert at Kansas City’s Arrowhead Stadium, and only 35 of the more than 70,000 concertgoers took advantage of the chance to get a COVID-19 vaccine, even though they were offered upgraded floor seats to the show to get a shot.

The Donda listening party was West’s second preview of his 10th studio album. The first event took place July 22, and West has since resided in the stadium to finish his latest project.

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