‘Shoot for a Shot;’ Greene County aims for more vaccinations with shooting range incentive

GREENE COUNTY — A new COVID-19 vaccine incentive in Greene County is aiming to get more people to take the shot, by giving them a free day at a shooting range.

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“Shoot for a Shot” was announced Thursday by the Greene County Public Health, along with the Ohio Department of Health and the Ohio Division of Wildlife. A vaccine clinic will be in operation Saturday at the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Spring Valley Shooting Range and Education Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Those who get their shot during the clinic will be given a voucher to shoot at the shooting range for free, either to be used the same day or to come back another day.

Walk-ins for the clinic are accepted but appointments can be scheduled at the state’s vaccine website at gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov.

The site will be offering all three vaccines approved for use in the United States, Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson. The Pfizer shot is the only one approved thus far for 12 to 17 year-olds and the juveniles getting the shot that day will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

“We know that it is important to bring life-saving COVID-19 vaccines to people at the places they go, and offer incentives with the things they do and enjoy,” Greene County Health Commissioner Melissa Howell said in a media release. “Partnering with the Ohio Division of Wildlife to offer a day of free shooting for those who get the shot is a perfect match.”

“In addition to allowing licensed experienced shooters to practice, the Ohio Division of Wildlife will have certified firearms instructors, firearms, and ammunition on hand to assist beginners in learning the basics of shooting,” an ODH spokesperson added in the release.