The Morning Journal (Lorain, OH)

Resource fair offers COVID-19 vaccinatio­ns

Free at Black River Landing on Oct. 10

- By Richard Payerchin rpayerchin@morningjou­rnal. com

Vaccines against the coronaviru­s — and payments for getting them — will be part of a community health fair this weekend.

Resources on the River will take place from 1 to 4 p.m., Oct. 10, at Black River Landing Transporta­tion Center, 421 Black River Lane in downtown Lorain.

The goal of the free event is to help the community pull through the coronaviru­s pandemic, said organizer Victoria Kempton.

For those getting vaccinated, Medicaid recipients age 12 and older will receive gift cards worth $110, Kempton said.

Those who can show proof of their shots, also will qualify for the gift cards.

Lorain County Public Health will offer the free vaccine shots. That agency has done amazing work, Kempton said, but the county still lags in getting to the 70 percent vaccinatio­n rate that will slow the pandemic.

As of Oct. 6, Ohio Department of Health figures showed Lorain County had a vaccinatio­n started rate of 58.16 percent, or about 180,195 people of all ages.

Based on age group, teens and adults age 20 to 30, had lower vaccinatio­n rates than older adults, according to the state figures.

Earlier this year, local and state figures showed people have had relatively low COVID-19 vaccinatio­n rates in Lorain’s 44052 and 44055 ZIP codes and in Elyria’s 44035 ZIP code.

Supporters of Lorain’s Spanish-speaking community also have made efforts to encourage vaccinatio­ns for those residents.

At Resources on the River, there will be hot meals for the first 100 people attending and Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio will have food baskets available to take home for those in need, Kempton said.

Other participat­ing agencies include the Cleveland Clinic, Lorain County Veterans Service Commission, the Ecclesiast­ical Alliances Synod, National Alliance on Mental Illness of Greater Cleveland, Lorain County Community College and the city of Lorain, including the Lorain Police Department and its Auxiliary.

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