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The Beginning of the End? Ohio & COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Forum

February 4 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

How are state and local officials planning to handle the vaccine rollout, now and in the months ahead? Will everyone who wants a vaccine be able to get one? What efforts are underway to overcome mistrust in the vaccine among Ohioans, especially in Black and other minority communities?


Join us on Thursday, February 4 at 12:30 p.m. for a virtual forum on Ohio’s vaccine distribution process with state and local experts, featuring:

  • Terry Allan, Commissioner, Cuyahoga County Board of Health
  • Robert Jennings, Executive Director, National Public Health Information Coalition
  • Dr. Sherrie Dixon Williams, Pulmonary, Sleep, and Critical Care Physician, The MetroHealth System, and Associate Professor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Moderated by Marlene Harris-Taylor, Reporter/Producer, ideastream®

More on the forum. 

With both the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccinations approved and ready for distribution, it would appear that the United States is finally reaching the beginning of the end of the pandemic. However, decisions regarding the COVID-19 vaccination distribution process − like many of the pandemic-related responses over the last year − lacked federal coordination, leaving governors and other state and local officials struggling to form and execute a plan.

Ohio, like most states, has a limited supply of the vaccine. The first does were given to frontline healthcare works, first responders, and those in congregate-care facilities. In mid-January, Governor Mike DeWine announced a tiered vaccine distribution plan for the next phase, which includes an estimated 2.2 million Ohioans aged 65 and older and those who work in K-12 schools. While public confidence in the vaccine is rising − a December Kaiser Family Foundation poll indicates that 70 percent of Americans plan to get the vaccine − many are still skeptical, citing distrust of the government, uncertainty around the vaccine development process, fear of side effects, and the historically racist health policies and clinical experiments have targeted particularly vulnerable Black and brown communities.

This forum is part of our Health Equity series sponsored by Saint Luke’s Foundation