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What you need to know about Gov. Mike DeWine's June vaccine push

Gov. Mike DeWine has been trying to convince Ohioans to get vaccinated against COVID-19 since January, but there's an urgency to his push to get rid of the state's usable vaccines before the end of the month. 
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Gov. Mike DeWine during his state address on Wednesday, July 15, 2020.

COLUMBUS — Gov. Mike DeWine has been trying to convince Ohioans to get vaccinated against COVID-19 since January.

He's even offered us the chance to win $1 million through the state's Vax-a-Million program. 

But, there's an urgency to his push to get rid of the state's usable vaccines before the end of the month. 

What's behind DeWine's current vaccine push?

According to a Monday news release from DeWine's office, about 200,000 doses of Ohio's supply of the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine are set to expire June 23.

Ohio is running out of time. And options. 

At this time, Ohio is legally unable to send the vaccine elsewhere, either to other states or other countries, DeWine's office said. 

Are most Ohioans vaccinated?

Not quite. As of June 7, only 46.08 percent of Ohioans have received a least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. 

How does Ohio rank in terms of vaccinated residents?

According to the Mayo Clinic, Ohio ranks 32nd in the U.S. by share of the population that have received at least one dose. 

Vax-a-Million is a long-shot. Are there any other perks for getting the shot?


• Until July 4, KinderCare and Learning Care Group locations are offering free drop-in appointments to parents or caregivers who need childcare while they get he shot. More than 500 YMCA locations will provide similar drop-in care, and Bright Horizons is offering childcare to more than 10 million workers employed at participating organizations.


• Ride-sharing companies Uber and Lyft are offering free rides to vaccination sites and back until July 4

Food and drink

• Krispy Kreme was one of the first companies to offer vaccine perks, promising customers one free glazed doughnut every day for the rest of the year.  

• If the U.S. reaches 70 percent of adults at least partially vaccinated, Anheuser-Busch is offering one free beer to everyone who is 21 or older on July 4.


• The Cincinnati Reds are offering $10 View Level tickets to games on Mondays through Thursdays through the end of the regular season for people who show their vaccine card at the box office. 

Employer incentives

• Aldi is providing up to four hours of paid leave for hourly workers who get vaccinated. Dollar General is offering a stipend for vaccinated workers worth four work hours. Publix is handing out $125 gift cards to employees who show proof of their completed vaccination. Apple and AT&T are offering paid time off for their employees to get vaccinated.

Other perks

• Through July 25, you can get your vaccination card laminated for free at StaplesOfficeMax or Office Depot. But be aware that some experts say you shouldn't laminate your vaccination card, because if you do, more information can't be added to it, including a second dose date for the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine, or any booster shots you may need down the line.

• Dating apps such as Match, Hinge and Bumble are offering premium content access to users who show their vaccination status on the app.

• Until July 10, if you received a COVID-19 vaccine at CVS, or can prove you've registered to get vaccinated at CVS, you can enter the #OneStepCloser sweepstakes to win prizes including a seven-day cruise on the Norwegian Cruise Line.

• United Airlines is giving MileagePlus members a chance to win free flights. To enter, you must be a MileagePlus member and upload your vaccination card to your account by June 22. Five grand prize winners will win free flights for a year, and 30 winners will win a roundtrip flight for two. 

Where can I get a vaccine in the Mahoning Valley?

•  The Trumbull County Combined Health District will host a walk-in COVID-19 vaccination clinic from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday (June 9) at Brookfield Community Park on Sharon Road. The clinic, for individuals age 12 and older, will have all three vaccines available. You can register in advance or walk in. 

•  Mahoning County Public Health will host coronavirus vaccine clinics at its office on 50 Westchester Drive in Austintown on Thursday (June 10) and June 17 from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day. MCPH will also host a clinic on June 24 from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine will be available on June 10 and June 17. The Moderna vaccine will be available on June 24 from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome, or appointments can be made through MCPH's online scheduling system. For assistance with the scheduling system, call 330-270-2855, option 3. Vaccines are provided at no cost. 

•  The Columbiana County Health District will host a Johnson & Johnson vaccine clinic on Thursday (June 10) in the parking lot of the New Lisbon Presbyterian Church at 111 E. Chestnut St. from 9 .a.m to 12 p.m. The vaccines will be offered at no cost. 

•  A walk-in COVID-19 vaccination clinic will be at Weathersfield Community Park on Thursday (June 10) from 5 to 8 p.m. The Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines will be available. To speed up the check-in process, shot seekers are encouraged to visit the Trumbull County Combined Health District website to download, print and complete the COVID-19 Vaccine Administration Record form. ID is required to receive a vaccination.


If you know of any vaccination deals or perks, send them to reporter Jess Hardin.

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About the Author: Jess Hardin

Jess Hardin is a reporter for Mahoning Matters. She grew up in Pittsburgh and last worked at The Vindicator. Jess graduated from Georgetown University.
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