Sunday around 1 p.m. Fudge and Brown met with officials at Mt. Zion Fellowship Hall in Highland Hills to tour the vaccination site there.
Fudge spoke to the public about her thoughts on the importance of getting vaccinated.
“Right now Ohio is number 36 of out of the 50 states in getting the vaccine. 36. And you know who’s getting it the least? Is people who look like me,” said Fudge.
“People need to get vaccinated and we will, this economy is going to take off if we can get more and more people vaccinated,” Brown said.
“I think Rite Aid is every Friday keeping their stores, their pharmacies open 24 hours a day. 24 hours a day. Uber and Lyft have said if you want to go and get a shot we will take you there for free and bring you back. If you need childcare, most of our daycares are saying if you’re going to get your shot we will keep your child until you get back,” she said.
“We are taking away every possible excuse for you not to get a shot,” added Fudge.
Brown helped write and pass the American Rescue Plan (ARP) that included $20 billion for a national, coordinated vaccination program at the state and local level.
“The vaccine is safe. I finished my second shot in January, January. My entire family has had their shot and we’re all doing fine,” said Fudge.
This gave states an opportunity to set up community vaccination centers and send out mobile vaccination units to hard-to-reach areas, according to a press release.
“This is our time to make sure our communities are safe. If they won’t do it for themselves, tell them to do it for somebody else,” said Fudge.
“We’ve gotta continue to do better in Greater Cleveland but we’ve gotta especially gotta do better in small towns like where I grew up in Mansfield,” Brown said.
Also there today was State Representative Terrence Upchurch, Highland Hills Mayor Michael L. Booker, and Dr. C. Ronald S. Williams II Pastor of Mt. Zion Fellowship.
Mt. Zion Fellowship Hall is located at 4265 Northfield Road.