After finding supply of the coronavirus vaccine now exceeds demand, Gov. Mike DeWine is calling on a mix of convenience and creativity to reach more people.
At his Monday briefing, DeWine pointed to two projects in the Miami Valley as good examples of new ways to deliver the vaccine.
Public Health Dayton-Montgomery County is teaming up with the Dayton RTA to outfit a bus as a mobile clinic to deliver shots in local neighborhoods.
Clark County Public Health, meanwhile, now has a box truck they use to deliver vaccine shots in neighborhoods there.
The move is indicative of a change in strategy for DeWine and health agencies statewide.
Just a few months ago the focus was on mass vaccination sites, the bigger the better.
The federally funded site in Cleveland was the biggest, delivering 6,000 shots a day. Now, the mantra is “think small.” Health agencies are going from neighborhood to neighborhood.
The Governor is also urging people who have relatives who are homebound to contact their local health agency to the vaccine can be brought to them at home.
“We are relying on a great deal of creativity in each different community across the state. I talk with health directors every Monday morning. They’re pulling out all of the stops, doing everything they can. They’re taking it directly to people,” DeWine said.
As of Monday, the state’s rate for first vaccinations reached just over 40 percent.
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DeWine said he will continue to promote the vaccine, even though a majority of Ohioans have so far decided not to get it.
“What this takes is ingenuity. It takes some real energy. And that’s what we’re doing. We’re doing everything we can to get it out and make it available for them,” DeWine said.
Last weekend Clark County brought their “COVID-19 Mobile Vaccine Machine” to a vaccination event held at Schuler’s Bakery on Limestone Street and the bakery even offered a free donut with each vaccination.