On May 10, the Food and Drug Administration approved children as young as 12 to receive the Pfizer company's COVID-19 vaccine. But while many have been waiting for this young group to open, the demand for adult vaccines has been falling in recent weeks. President Joe Biden recently set a goal to have 70 percent of U.S. adults receive at least their first COVID-19 vaccine by July 4, and wants 160 million adults fully vaccinated by then as well. Currently, we're over 40 million short, with roughly 116 million fully vaccinated.
To reach those numbers, states and cities are looking for creative ways to make vaccines more accessible. Ohio, for instance, has turned down most of its latest allotment of medicine, because of reduced demand.
There are efforts being made. The Columbus Clippers baseball team is adding shots availability at Huntington Park during the first three innings of games through May 16.
And Erie County, N.Y., created a "Shot and Chaser" program, where area breweries offer vaccines and a free beer to those who get a shot.
There are other Ohio businesses also turning locations into vaccination sites. The May Dugan Center will be offering vaccines twice this month. Third Federal Savings and Loans partnered with MetroHealth to turn its Slavic Village parking lot into a drive-through and walk-up clinic last week, and will do the same twice more this month. And in partnership with the Cleveland Department of Public Health, Urban Kutz Barbershop offered vaccines at its Detroit Avenue location over the weekend, and will offer the same at its Pearl Road location this weekend.
On the Sound of Ideas, we'll talk about this trend to make vaccines more accessible. Then, we'll talk about the new travel guidebook called Ohio Literary Trail that shines a light on how the state, and its residents, influenced culture and literature. Later in the program, we'll preview the first Learning Curve Community Tour, happening May 11 at 6 p.m., a community conversation about K-12 education happening on Facebook Live.
Brook Watts, M.D., senior vice president and chief medical officer, MetroHealth
Waverly Willis, owner, Urban Kutz Barbershop
Betty Weibel, author, "Ohio Literary Trail"; a guide and trustee, Ohioana Library Association
David Weaver, executive director, Ohioana Library Association
Natalie Pillsbury, director of advancement and special projects, WKSU
Andrew Meyer, news director, WKSU