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South Park announces second COVID-19 special: We will be herd – USA TODAY

Following its major talker “Pandemic Special” last fall, “South Park” is returning with its second COVID-19 episode next month.

Premiering March 10 (8 EST/PST), Comedy Central’s one-hour “South ParQ Vaccination Special” will follow South Park residents as they attempt to get vaccinated.

“We will be herd,” read a tweet from the show’s official account on Friday.

Presumably a nod to “herd immunity,” which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention describes as a “situation in which a sufficient proportion of a population is immune to an infectious disease (through vaccination and/or prior illness) to make its spread from person to person unlikely,” the special comes as about 12.9% of people in the United States have received at least one COVID-19 shot and about 5.4% have received both doses of the vaccine.

To date, the U.S. has seen more than 28 million COVID-19 cases and is nearing half a million deaths, per Johns Hopkins data. 

Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s”South Park” premiered its 24th season on Sept. 30 by tackling the one thing on everyone’s minds: 2020 and everything that came with it. In true “South Park” fashion, the one-hour “Pandemic Special” took fiery jabs at President Donald Trump, the COVID-19 pandemic and police brutality. 

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The episode was the talk of Twitter when it aired, as people either couldn’t believe the network would air something like it or found the show hilariously relatable. Memorable scenes included Stephen Stotch reprimanding his neighbors for improperly wearing their masks, Eric Cartman faking a computer glitch to get out of online learning and Token, the only Black kid in school, getting shot by police after a fight broke out between Cartman and Kyle. 

While the episode touched on multiple points of 2020, Stan summed up how a lot of people feel: “I can’t take these shutdowns anymore and I’m scared of what it’s doing to me. … The truth is I just want to have fun again … I want my life back.”

The “Vaccination Special” episode will be the show’s first episode since its last COVID-themed special. In 2019, Comedy Central renewed the long-running animated series through 2022.

Contributing: Rasha Ali and Jayme Deerwester

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