BY D’ARCY PATRICK EGAN
The availability of the new COVID-19 vaccine is much better than it was in Ottawa County just three weeks ago, and everyone — especially seniors — should make an appointment to get both flu and COVID-19 vaccinations right away, insisted Ottawa County Health Commissioner Jerry Bingham.
“Call the Ottawa County Department of Health (419-734-6800) and a receptionist can schedule an appointment to be vaccinated on Wednesday afternoons and Friday mornings,” said Bingham. “We’ve added more times for vaccinations in the last month to accommodate the demands.”
Appointments for flu and COVID-19 vaccinations can be schedule for the same day,” said Katie Crowell, the county health department’s Director of Nursing. “The respiratory illness season is upon us, and we’re seeing a lot of flu and COVID-19 cases right now.
“We’ve done about 350-400 COVID-19 vaccinations since October, and more flu vaccinations than in any of the past five years. While everyone should be vaccinated, it’s most important that seniors have it done. They’re far more vulnerable, according to our studies of the general population and residents of nursing facilities.”
The Ottawa County Department of Health can schedule appoints for vaccinations to be done at its facility in Port Clinton, and satellite clinics Oak Harbor and Genoa.
“Many people are taking the need for updated COVID-19 vaccines seriously, and the importance of being up to date on vaccines over the last few years,” said Crowell. “They understand that they have to take control of their health and protect themselves.
Bingham said that Ottawa County had 155.54 cases per 100,000 residents of COVID-19 over a recent two-week span, putting the county at 31st among Ohio’s 88 counties.
“That’s not good,” emphasized Bingham. “We’d much rather be closer to 88th, which is Gallia County. The statewide average is 126.3.”
The statewide COVID-19 report comes out every week on the Ohio Department of Health website.