Basheer Jones Got His First Covid Vaccine Shot

click to enlarge Basheer Jones and Dennis Kucinich at a summer mayoral forum - SAM ALLARD/SCENE
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Basheer Jones and Dennis Kucinich at a summer mayoral forum

Basheer Jones, one of two Cleveland mayoral candidates who as of earlier this week hadn't received the Covid vaccine, has gotten his first dose, according to Ideastream's Nick Castele.

"I chose to get vaccinated after careful consideration and conversation with my family and health care provider," Jones said in a statement days after his unvaccinated status became a citywide headline. "The risk-benefit balance led to my decision to get vaccinated. As I've said, it's a choice every person should make on their own that should not be rushed."

Jones initially told WEWS that he hadn't gotten the vaccine because, "I want to make sure that my elders get it, want to make sure that my children get it. I want to make sure the people of my community had access to it. So it wasn't something that I wanted to rush and make sure of."

There is an abundant surplus of vaccines.

Dennis Kucinich wouldn't answer whether he was vaccinated when initially asked by WEWS, but in a letter dated Aug. 2 that Kucinich released this week, his physician said that Kucinich has an underlying medical condition "which requires prudent consideration of any potential therapeutic intervention."

Only about 36% of Cleveland residents have been vaccinated. 
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