DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – President Joe Biden’s original goal of vaccinating 70% of adult Americans with at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by July 4 is becoming less and less likely.
“Seventy-percent is an aggressive goal. I don’t think we’re gonna hit that on July 4 but that’s okay,” said Dr. Joseph Allen, regional medical director for Premier Health.
The CDC reports that the U.S. has only vaccinated 65.5% of American adults with at least one dose, while the Ohio Department of Health reports just over 47% of all Ohioans have received the vaccine. Ronice Powell, a program director at Premier, said her team is working with other local groups to vaccinate as many people as possible.
“Not everyone is comfortable with going to different locations, like a hospital or clinics. Bringing it to the community and letting them know they have access, we’re here to answer any questions they may have,” said Powell.
On Wednesday, a Health Fair and vaccine event was held in Desotto Bass Apartments in Dayton, which featured entertainment, food and health education. The goal was targeting people on Medicaid who haven’t been vaccinated yet.
“They’ll receive a $50 Walmart or Visa gift card. For the residents of Desotto Bass they’ll receive $25 home food grocery gift card,” said Powell.
Even for people who’ve already had COVID-19 and are waiting to get the vaccine, Allen believes they should still think about getting vaccinated to help protect them from the new and dangerous Delta variant.
“We’re seeing a lot of folks who had COVID previously, they’re getting this new variant and having bad outcomes,” said Allen.
Powell said another health fair event is also planned for Saturday, June 26 on Brooklyn Avenue in Dayton.