An Update on the COVID-19 Pandemic

CONTINUE TO SAFELY PROTECT YOURSELF AND THOSE AROUND YOU - The health authorities continue to tell people they need to continue to be very careful; continue to wear masks around unvaccinated people and in moderate to large gatherings, continue to socially distance and wash hands. This is because researchers are still working to determine if the current vaccines protect us against the new variants of Covid found in the United Kingdom, South Africa and Brazil.

Johnson and Johnson data looks like it is a less effective vaccine than Pfizer or Moderna, but Johnson and Johnson is the only vaccine that has been tested in South Africa and Brazil after the variants were discovered. It looks like the vaccines have protection against severe disease, hospitalization and death, but people can still get mild to moderate Covid disease even after they are fully vaccinated.

PLEASE CONTINUE TO WEAR MASKS WHEN OUT IN PUBLIC, SOCIALLY DISTANCE, DO NOT GATHER IN MODERATE TO LARGE GROUPS (ESPECIALLY INSIDE) AND WASH YOUR HANDS.

VACCINATIONS FOR PHASE 1E will begin on Friday, March 19, 2021.
This phase includes:

  • Individuals who have the specified medical conditions listed below that may increase their risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19.

  • These individuals are not already eligible through Ohio’s age-based approach to vaccine eligibility.

  • Eligible individuals can receive a vaccine from the provider of their choice. Individuals may be asked to confirm during the registration or screening process that they are eligible to receive the vaccine based on a qualifying medical condition.

MEDICAL CONDITIONS
Individuals with at least one of the following medical conditions:

  • Cancer.
  • Chronic kidney disease (CKD).
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
  • Heart disease.
  • Obesity.

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