YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – More than 40% of Ohioans now have at least their first COVID vaccine. The push, though, continues to get more people to roll up their sleeves. On Thursday, that message comes from U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown.
Brown visited Youngstown to tour the mass vaccination site at the Covelli Centre.
He met with public health representatives and highlighted the stories of Ohioans who have been vaccinated and the positive differences vaccines will make for central Ohio families, communities and the economy.
“There’s no question the vaccine is safe. There’s no question this vaccine is effective, “Brown said. When enough people get vaccinated, it means at some point, we won’t have to wear these masks. it means we will be able to go do things we did pre-pandemic, and our economy will come roaring back. I have no doubt about that.”
The Youngstown City Health District alone has administered more than 26,000 vaccinations in the last three and a half months, and they are not slowing down now. They are working to find ways to help everyone get vaccinated.
“We hired a company that is going to pick up people, pick them up from their door, take them here, wait for them in the car and then take them back home,” said Youngstown Health Commissioner Erin Bishop.
Local health leaders are doing everything they can to make getting the shot as easy as possible.
Vaccine advocate Rose Wilkins says it is all about networking as a community and wanted to remind people of the bigger picture when it comes to getting the vaccine.
“We have got to get a shot. No just for yourself but for the people in the community, the people around you, the people that are elderly,” Wilkins said.
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Brown helped write and pass the American Rescue Plan, among weighing in on other issues. During Thursday’s press conference, Brown shared his thoughts on COVID passports and what is going to happen with the eviction moratorium.