The Ottawa County receives vaccine for Phase 1; 65 and older next in line

Dec 24, 2020 | Featured | 8 comments

The Ottawa County Health Department (OCHD) received its first shipment of COVID-19 vaccines on Tuesday, Dec. 22. The vaccines Ottawa County receives will be distributed locally, in line with Ohio’s Phase 1A plan, which offers the first vaccines to health care workers, first responders, and people with developmental disabilities living in group settings.

On Wednesday, Dec. 23, Gov. Mike DeWine also said that “Ohioans in the 65 and older category make up just under 87% of COVID deaths. This is a stunning number, and it’s critical that we protect our older Ohioans.”

In the next phase, vaccines will be available to those who are 65 years or older or those living with severe congenital, developmental, or early-onset medical disorders.

Additionally, adults working in Ohio’s schools will have the option to receive the vaccine. This is intended to assist schools in returning to in-person learning.

The OCHD has received the Moderna vaccine, which has been approved and recommended to prevent COVID-19. It requires two injections, with one calendar month between them, before they begin to offer the best protection.

The vaccines Ottawa County received will be the first dose for those in the identified critical groups. A second dose will be delivered and administered in the future. If you believe you are part of Phase 1A, one person from your organization should contact the health department at 419-734-6800.

COVID-19 vaccines are not yet available for the general public, reported the Ottawa County Department of Health. As information becomes available about the next phases of vaccine distribution, it will be made public.

Accurate information about vaccines is important and can be found at the Ottawa County Health Department (ottawahealth.org), the Ohio Department of Health (coronavirus.ohio.gov), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (coronavirus.gov).

The offering of this COVID-19 vaccine aligns with the vision of the Ottawa County Health Department, which is to help the citizens of Ottawa County to live healthier, happier, and longer lives.

8 Comments

  1. David Hopkins

    I was told by the Health Dept. that they did receive the vaccines yet and that those 65 and older with significant health issue would not be receiving the vaccine at first.

    As it has been from the start of this pandemic we never get the truth from anyone .

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    • The Beacon

      David, you are correct, the vaccines that were received so far were for first responders and those in congregate care facilities, as outlined in the state’s plan. The Health Department’s Facebook page shows that they have indeed been administering the vaccine to those people. Those 65 and older, as well as the adults who work in schools, will be receiving it in the next phase. This phase hasn’t started yet. Unfortunately, there just isn’t enough for everyone to get the vaccine immediately. Hope this helps.

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      • judith wohlfert

        My husband and my self need our Covid vaccine. I have stage 3 kidney disease high blood,lupus, bilateral knee replacements.and depression age 74. My husband has had a quadruple by pass, obese,and high blood.pressure. Plus he has also bilateral knee replacements. He is He is 65 in a few days.

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        • The Beacon

          Judith, unfortunately, at the moment, these are not yet available. When they are we will definitely have a new article up, but we just don’t have a timeline available. In the meantime, Magruder Hospital has stated that the main places to keep an eye on would be their website and Facebook pages to know when they will be available.

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  2. Rebecca neubacher

    I am 69 and my husband is 74 with health conditions. How do we find out when and where we can go for vaccine?

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    • The Beacon

      Rebecca, unfortunately, at the moment, these are not yet available. When they are we will definitely have a new article up, but we just don’t have a timeline available. In the meantime, Magruder Hospital has stated that the main places to keep an eye on would be their website and Facebook pages to know when they will be available.

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  3. David

    We would like to know when me and my wife can get the vaccine. I’m 76 years old and my wide is 75

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  4. John Newton

    Why is Macgruder Hospital the only place to get the vaccine in Ottawa County?

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