Our Parish Nurses: The Coronavirus Vaccination

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Vaccination Program

If you have a TV, radio, or internet, you are well aware of the drastic numbers of people who have contracted COVID and the increasing number of deaths, especially in people age 65 and older.  Becky and I are providing information for anyone who is interested in getting vaccinated.  We will be taping a COVID vaccine question and answer session for YouTube to hopefully answer any questions people have about the approved vaccines.

The current vaccines available are:
Pfizer-BioNTech-  2 doses are given 21 days apart (vaccine is safe for anyone age 16 yrs and older)
Moderna-  2 doses are given 28 days apart (vaccine is safe for anyone 18 yrs old and older)


The information below is from Ohio Department of Health website (https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/home):

Ohio is preparing to distribute safe, effective COVID-19 vaccines statewide to those who choose to be vaccinated. As COVID-19 vaccines are granted Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the state will begin to strategically and thoughtfully distribute the vaccines to Ohioans at the greatest risk in conjunction with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM).


Phase 1A vaccines are currently being given to Healthcare workers, residents of nursing homes, assisted living, state psychiatric hospitals, EMS responders and people with developmental disabilities and mental health disorders who live in group homes or residential facilities.


Beginning January 19th Phase 1B will begin.  


The people in Phase 1B include Ohioans age 65 and older and adult employees in all schools that want to go back to school.  Ohioans with severe congenital, developmental, or early onset medical disorders that make them particularly vulnerable. This includes cerebral palsy; spina bifida; congenital heart disease; type 1 diabetes; inherited metabolic disorders; severe neurological disorders including epilepsy; severe genetic disorders, including Down syndrome, fragile X syndrome, Prader-Willi syndrome, and Turner syndrome; severe lung disease, including cystic fibrosis and severe asthma; sickle cell anemia; and alpha and beta thalassemia.


Phase 1B Timing:

Governor DeWine announced a tiered system for offering vaccinations to people who are eligible, beginning with those who are 80 or older. When a new age group begins, vaccinations may not be complete for the previous age group. It will take a number of weeks to distribute all of the vaccines given the limited doses available. 

The week of Jan. 19: Ohioans 80 years of age and older.
The week of Jan. 25: Ohioans 75 years of age and older; those with severe congenital or developmental disorders.
The week of Feb. 1: Ohioans 70 years of age and older; employees of K-12 schools that wish to remain or return to in-person or hybrid models.
The week of Feb. 8: Ohioans 65 years of age and older.


Vaccines will be given at health departments, approved hospitals, doctors’ offices, clinics, pharmacies and home health agencies.  Not all doctors’ offices, clinics or pharmacies will begin giving vaccines on January 19th.  As vaccine becomes more available to the state, more doctors, clinics and pharmacies will be added.


IF YOU LIVE IN WAYNE COUNTY AND WANT TO SIGN UP TO RECEIVE THE VACCINE AT THE WAYNE COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT GO TO: https://www.wayne-health.org/coronavirus AND CLICK ON "VACCINE PHASE 1B."  ON THIS PAGE YOU WILL SEE “This Link” CLICK ON THE LINK AND YOU CAN COMPLETE THE REGISTRATION FORM.


After you submit your registration form, someone from Wayne County Health Department will call or email you to schedule an appointment for the vaccine when you are eligible.  


Thank you,
Kathy Rehm, RN and Becky Thornton, RN
Zion Parish Nurses

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