Former Vikings player Marcus Sherels, Boys & Girls Club of Rochester team up for vaccine clinic

(ABC 6 News) – The Boys & Girls Club of Rochester partnered with former Minnesota Viking Marcus Sherels for a vaccine clinic Saturday.

The Boys & Girls Club hosted an activity day for kids and adults of all ages to come out and have fun with the chance to get their free COVID-19 vaccine and to meet Marcus Sherels.

The first 30 people to get their vaccine or a booster received an autographed NFL football, which ran out quickly.

Sherels was there to encourage people in the community he grew up in to protect themselves and to get vaccinated.

"Just seeing the smiles on their faces and seeing them light up meeting a professional athlete. Being from Rochester, I never met any professional athletes down here so it can be special to them and just as special to me," the former Minnesota Vikings cornerback said.

Sherels is a Rochester native and went to John Marshall High School.

The vaccine clinic was put on by the Minnesota Department of Health. Doctors from Mayo Clinic were also there to answer any questions from parents.

"As more and more of our members are vaccinated, we can start getting back to more and more normal Boys & Girls Club activities. That’s really what we want is we want to help people stay healthy and get back to doing the things we love," Chad Campbell, CEO of the Boys & Girls Club of Rochester, said.

This is the third vaccine clinic the Boys & Girls Club of Rochester has put on and they say Saturday was a good turnout with 72 people stopping by and 35 people getting vaccinated.