Organizers of a new coronavirus vaccination drive are targeting construction workers — and making it easy for other Cincinnatians to get theirs, too.
Allied Construction Industries (ACI) and TriHealth will offer Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines 7:30-10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 27 at Allied Construction Industries, 3 Kovach Drive, Lockland. All individuals ages 12 and up are invited, and minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Earlier this month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention authorized the Pfizer vaccine for teenagers in addition to adults.
ACI and TriHealth are hosting the vaccination site to encourage workers in the construction industry and related trades to become vaccinated from COVID-19 and slow the virus's spread. Studies have shown that coronavirus is easily transmissible among people through respiratory droplets when someone talks, sneezes, coughs or exhales with force. Construction crews often work on sites in groups or teams and are frequently within close proximity of one or another or clients.
But construction industry workers have been slow to get the vaccine, a recent study says, with nearly half of all national survey respondents saying they probably or definitely would not get vaccinated.
ACI leadership hopes to change that.
"While we don’t have local data that reflects what is shown in the national survey, the major causes of vaccine hesitancy found by the study include concerns about side effects, a belief that the individual doesn’t need the vaccine, distrust in the government or the vaccines themselves and a preference to wait and see if the vaccine is safe," Jordan Vogel, executive director of ACI, tells CityBeat.
"It’s important to recognize that the men and women in the construction industry are smart people who also have a strong sense of ‘just ‘git ‘er done.’ That of course includes working outside in all kinds of weather, but it also includes — for better or worse — toughing out most health ailments," Vogel continues. "We’re trying to help change that so that we can keep our construction workforce healthy and safe."
Thursday's vaccination site is aimed at workers within the construction industry, but it's open to the general public. Appointments are strongly suggested. Walk-ups will be accommodated if there is enough supply.
ACI is a not-for-profit trade association serving the Cincinnati region’s commercial construction industry. ACI serves more than 500 members who employ over 25,000 people. For more information, visit ACI's website.