DeWine, Dayton city leaders attend COVID-19 vaccine event at Thurgood Marshall Sunday

DeWine, Dayton city leaders attend COVID-19 vaccine event at Thurgood Marshall Sunday
Photo Courtesy: Governor Mike DeWine's Team (Office of Ohio Governor Mike DeWine)

DAYTON — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and Ohio First Lady Fran DeWine visited a vaccine clinic at Thurgood Marshall High School Sunday.

The vaccine clinic at the high school is offering 2,000 COVID vaccine shots.

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The vaccines are leftover shots that were doses set aside for teachers. The clinic at Thurgood Marshall was a community effort put together by Dayton Public Schools, Kroger, the City of Dayton, and the Ohio Department of Health.

“We’ve all kind of come together to make this happen,” DeWine said.

DeWine and Dayton city leaders said this is a great example of their efforts to be equitable in vaccine distribution.

“One of our real goals throughout has been to make sure every Ohioan no matter where they live, if they live in the most remote rural county or they live in the city or the suburbs, that they have the opportunity to go,” DeWine said.

“Throughout this, we have to continue to be very nimble and move very quickly and make sure the vaccine gets in people’s arms.”

The groups worked together to get the clinic up and running within 48 hours.

Due to supply issues Ohio will keep the phase 1-B age limit for shots at age 65 and up for a few more weeks.

“For anyone who has not been able to get the vaccine, for every day that goes by it’s going to get easier. We’re going to have more vaccine coming in,” DeWine said.

DeWine said getting the vaccine, particularly the second dose, is a tremendous relief for people and the ticket to getting back to our lives.

“No matter how much we get in, we’re going to have the ability to get it out. That’s not the problem. The problem is we just don’t have enough vaccines. It’s getting better, it’s going to continue to get better, we’re optimistic,” he said.