DC-area barbershop uses haircut, shave and style to promote COVID-19 vaccines

A barbershop and salon in Hyattsville, Maryland, is doing its part to urge people in the community to get a COVID-19 vaccine.

At the Shop Spa at 5916 Riggs Road, the incentive is a coupon for $30 off a cut, as well as a free fish sandwich if you get a vaccination.

Owner Mike Brown said he’s trying to change the perception that the vaccines are not safe.

“Too many people in our community have taken the position to say no, and they are saying no with no factual basis.”

Brown, who has used his shop for other health initiatives, said he wants to help save lives in his community.

“The coronavirus is wreaking havoc in our community, it’s killing us in alarming numbers and I want to take a position to fight against that.”

One person getting a shot Monday was Monique Lee, who came from D.C.

“I decided to come, cause I’m trying to protect myself and I want everybody to be safe.”

Also getting the shot was Niecey Mc Bride.

“It was easy to come and I want to be healthy.”

The free shots are being given out in partnership with Luminis Health and the University of Maryland Center for Health Equity.

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Kyle Cooper

Weekend and fill-in anchor Kyle Cooper has been with WTOP since 1992. Over those 25 years, Kyle has worked as a street reporter, editor and anchor. Prior to WTOP, Kyle worked at several radio stations in Indiana and at the Indianapolis Star Newspaper.

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