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.