Ohio health department offering free shooting range sessions with COVID-19 vaccines

Crooked River Chronicle
Crooked River Chronicle

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By Collin Cunningham

With Ohio's Vax-a-Million raffle in full swing to incentivize Ohioans to get the coronavirus vaccine, the state's local health departments have introduced their own efforts to help spread vaccinations. Per Cleveland.com, the latest is the Greene County Public Health, which hopes to distribute more shots by offering a free day at the shooting range through its "Shoot for a Shot" promotion just south of Dayton.

The clinic is scheduled to take place between 10 a.m. and noon on Saturday at the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Spring Valley Shooting Range in Waynesville, Ohio. Any who is licensed to shoot and shows up to receive the Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine will also be able to fire off rounds for a few hours at the range.

A poster on the GCPH website states that anyone who doesn't have time to spare at the range after getting their shot will receive a voucher to come back another day.

"ODNR will have certified firearm instructors, firearms and ammunition for you to learn the basics of shooting," the poster continues.

Per WKKJ, Greene County health officials aren't the only ones who have been considering creative ways to increase vaccination distribution rates ā€” the Ohio Department of Health offers a full list of "Innovative Ideas" media releases describing other such efforts.

In Ross County, south of Columbus, for example, the local health district has worked with community providers to bring coronavirus vaccine to nearby homeless encampments along with bug spray, food, water and hygiene kits.

The Vax-A-Million lottery remains the state's most popular vaccination incentivizer, with Local12 reporting on May 24 that more than 2.8 million Ohioans have registered for it.