Kaptur Hosts 4,500 Northern Ohioans for Covid-19 Tele-Town Hall; Shares Life-Saving Information, Updates on Federal Response

August 3, 2021
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) released the following statement after hosting a Covid-19 telephone-town hall on August 2 in which more than 4,500 residents of Ohio’s Ninth Congressional District participated. The town hall was co-hosted by Dr. Michael Saag, Associate Dean for Global Health at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and the incoming Chair of the Board of Scientific Counselors at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). Together, Rep. Kaptur and Dr. Saag provided up to date information and answered questions related to Covid-19, the Delta variant, and Congress and the federal government’s response from residents of Toledo, Sandusky, Lorain, Cleveland, and more.

“After more than 18 months of a pandemic which has plagued every facet of our lives, we are all yearning for a return to normal,” said Rep. Kaptur. “In order for that to happen, we must avail ourselves of the tools we have. The Covid-19 vaccines are safe, effective, and free – and every one of us should take the opportunity to inform our family, friends, and neighbors of the dangers of this disease, and the life-saving protection offered by vaccination.”

The full audio recording of Rep. Kaptur’s tele-town hall can be found here.

Rep. Kaptur and Dr. Saag answered questions on a variety of topics, including:

  • Why the Delta variant is so dangerous.
  • Whether those who previously had Covid-19 should receive a vaccination.
  • How to convince vaccine-hesitant friends and family to get vaccinated.
  • What federal funding is arriving in northern Ohio to combat the virus, and support families and communities.

On August 2, the Ohio Department of Health reported that fewer than 50 percent of Ohioans – 49.44 percent – had received at least their first dose of the vaccine. At the county level, information on residents who had received at least their first dose of the vaccine is as follows:

  • Lucas County: 48.70 percent.
  • Ottawa County: 53.91 percent.
  • Erie County: 50.92 percent.
  • Lorain County: 53.40 percent.
  • Cuyahoga County: 54.88 percent.

All Ohio residents can schedule a vaccine appointment at a location near them by calling the Ohio Department of Health at (833) 427-5634 or by visiting gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov.

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For more information contact Chris Dalton at (202) 897-7438 or Chris.Dalton@mail.house.gov.