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Astros’ Yuli Gurriel, Jose Urquidy to partner with Kroger to provide vaccine access to underserved Houston communities

Houston Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel waits for his hat and glove after flying out against Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Austin Gomber to end the top of the fourth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, April 21, 2021, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Houston Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel waits for his hat and glove after flying out against Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Austin Gomber to end the top of the fourth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, April 21, 2021, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

HOUSTON – Two star Astros players are teaming up with Kroger to help steer vaccinations to Houston’s underserved areas.

First baseman Yuli Gurriel and pitcher Jose Urquidy will be working with Kroger Health by bringing greater awareness to the COVID-19 vaccine. They will be visiting a Houston-area Kroger on Monday to thank frontline workers and associates for their hard work and efforts, according to a news release.

Houston Astros 'Yuli Gurriel (10) celebrates scoring against the Detroit Tigers in the fourth inning of a baseball game in Detroit, Thursday, June 24, 2021. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) (Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)
Houston Astros starting pitcher Jose Urquidy works against the Colorado Rockies in the third inning of a baseball game Wednesday, April 21, 2021, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

Kroger customers who receive the vaccine through July 10 will be eligible to win one of five $1 million checks or groceries for a year during the #CommunityImmunity giveaway.

The CDC says minority communities in the U.S., specifically Black and Hispanic communities, are lagging far behind in vaccination rates.


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