Ohio wins against COVID-19 but the race is not over yet, Governor Mike DeWine said Friday at a vaccination clinic in Hamilton County, Cincinnati.
“The big fear is if you don’t suppress this further and keep it circulating, then at some point it will develop a variant that Pfizer or Johnson & Johnson (vaccines) can’t treat, and that’s the big fear,” DeWine said.
DeWine toured a COVID-19 mobile vaccination clinic where people could get Pfizer or Johnson & Johnson vaccines at the Price Hill branch of Cincinnati and the Hamilton County Public Library. The district’s health workers vaccinated more than 30 people on site between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
The governor said he was proud of which communities, including Hamilton County, had new ideas to provide people with vaccinations.
“This is a battle won or lost at the community level,” he said.
He said what keeps him up at night is what else he and Ohio can do to get more people vaccinated.
DeWine said vaccines will be made available to children ages 12-15 in boys and girls’ clubs this summer, where food will be distributed.
“Look, we’re not going to vaccinate a child if parents don’t give them permission, but if we make that available and make people comfortable, this is the ticket back to normal,” he said.
DeWine said there are 1,900 vaccination sites in Ohio, including 69 clinics in Hamilton County. “And you will see more,” he said.
Melba Moore, Cincinnati’s health commissioner, encouraged people to ask a neighbor or friend if they had been vaccinated and if they would like to get a vaccine.
“People are just a question away,” said Moore. “We’re all just a matter of seconds from getting someone to have a vaccine.”