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COVID BOOster Vax Clinic Planned By Fayette Public Health

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(Washington CH) — Fayette County Public Health will offer all three COVID-19 vaccines at a “BOOster” pop-up drive-through event on Tuesday, October 26 at the Fayette County Airport.

This offering is only for individuals who have already completed their primary vaccination series. First and second doses of COVID vaccine and flu shots will not be available on Tuesday but will be offered at another drive thru clinic later in the week.

FCPH staff has added this clinic to the calendar to meet the anticipated demand for booster doses.

An additional dose of Pfizer/Comirnaty for individuals meeting eligibility requirements was previously authorized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC authorized Moderna and Johnson and Johnson boosters for eligible individuals on Thursday of this week.

The clinic will take place from 9 AM to 3 PM. No appointment is necessary. Please bring your original COVID Vaccination Record so that it may be updated.

Fayette County Public Health will have additional information including eligibility and mix-and-matching vaccinations on the website (faycohd.org) sometime this weekend, or you may call 740-335-5910 on Monday for details.

Fayette Public Health To Provide Special Outreach Clinic

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The Fayette County Public Health office will be closed on Tuesday, October 19th so that staff can provide an extended hours outreach clinic from 11am– 7pm. No appointments are needed for the drive-thru clinic that will take place at Crossroads Christian Church, 175 Halliday Way, Washington C.H.

The following vaccines will be offered:
– Johnson & Johnson (1 dose)
-Pfizer/Comirnaty (1st or 2nd dose, 3rd dose for immunocompromised individuals, booster for individuals meeting specific eligibility conditions)
– Moderna (1st or 2nd dose, 3rd dose for immunocompromised individuals)
– Flu
– High-dose flu

Cost:
– COVID-19 – no cost
– Flu – Covered by insurance or $25 self-pay
– High-dose flu – Covered by insurance or $65 self-pay

FCPH accepts these insurance providers: Aetna, Aetna Medicare, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield. Anthem BCBS Medicare, Buckeye, Caresource, Cigna (Allied Health), Humana, Medicaid of Ohio, Medical Mutual, Medicare B(for Flu and Pneumonia Only), Medigold, Molina, Ohio PPO Connect, Paramount, United HealthCare, United HealthCare Community Plan. For more information visit faycohd.org.

Governor Announces Vax-To-School Program

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(Columbus)—Ohio Governor Mike DeWine Thursday provided an update on the increased impact that COVID-19 hospitalizations are having on our hospitals and a new vaccine incentive effort to help keep our children in school, in-person, five days a week. 

LETTER FROM OHIO HOSPITAL ASSOCIATION

“I received a letter from the Ohio Hospital Association outlining the dire conditions facing our hospitals who are on the front lines of treating patients with COVID. While they are doing everything they can to help these patients, they are facing a severe nursing and staffing shortage,” said Governor DeWine. “What they wrote is consistent with what we’ve been hearing from front-line health care workers.”

The letter reported that increasing cases are putting a strain on hospital resources. The data shows:

  • In mid-July, Ohio hospitals were treating 200 COVID-19 patients, today that number is 3,702. That’s a 16-fold increase in two months.
  • In mid-July, one out of 100 patients in the hospital were being treated for COVID. Today the ratio is one out of six. Today, 40% of patients on ventilators are being treated for COVID.
  • In rural Southeast Ohio half of hospitalized patients are being treated for COVID-19 and two-thirds of the patients in the intensive care unit are being treated for COVID.

The letter described a situation where strained resources impact the ability to care for all patients. Some Ohio hospitals are diverting patients away from emergency departments, cancelling certain procedures, experiencing long wait times in emergency departments, and shutting down certain units to redeploy staff to critical cases. 

Vax2School LogoOHIO VAX-2-SCHOOLGovernor DeWine emphasized that keeping kids in school, in-person, five days a week, remains a priority.  We know that the best way to do that is to get students vaccinated.  In addition to protecting kids from the severe effects of the virus, students who are vaccinated, do not have to quarantine if exposed, which means they won’t miss out on school.To encourage eligible kids to get vaccinated, Governor DeWine announced the Ohio Vax-2-School program, which will be open to Ohioans aged 12 to 25 years old, and will be similar to the scholarship portion of the successful Vax-a-Million program. Prizes will include 50 scholarships worth $10,000 each and five $100,000 scholarships to an Ohio college or university for career or technical education.  Prizes will be announced Monday through Friday beginning the week of October 11th.  More details will be announced, including how to register, in the coming days.

BUS DRIVERS

Governor DeWine also made a public plea, after hearing from school districts across the state about the shortage of bus drivers. He asked any Ohioan with a CDL license that also has a bus driver certification, who are not employed, to contact their local school district, to help drive school busses, temporarily.

He also spoke with Attorney General Dave Yost who agreed that, moving forward, the Bureau of Criminal Investigation would prioritize recquired background checks for school bus drivers, educators, nurses, and other health care professionals.  

Ohio University To Require COVID Vaccination For Students/Staff On Campus

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(ATHENS) – Ohio University has announced the requirement for all OU students and staff attending class or working on the main and all regional campuses to have a COVID vaccination.

OU President Hugh Sherman shared the following message with the Ohio University community today:

Dear Ohio University students, faculty, and staff:
If there’s one thing we know to be true, it’s that OHIO Bobcats care deeply for one another. From doctors and nurses volunteering time and talent to provide community access to vaccinations in rural areas to making sure our friends, peers and colleagues are staying engaged during times of isolation, our University community has demonstrated time and again that this is a community of care. 

Our commitment is to provide our students with the most normal college experience possible, but the reality is that as a nation, we are not as far as we hoped we would be in battling the pandemic. Public health experts are tracking an increase in cases in Ohio and on our campuses due to the extremely contagious Delta variant, and we need to do everything we can to continue to show our care and respect for one another and do our part to help keep the entire community safe and healthy.

Therefore, after thoughtful consideration, in consultation with public health experts and in agreement with many of our peer institutions across the state, all OHIO students, faculty, and staff at all locations are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by November 15, 2021. For vaccines that require two doses, both doses must be completed by this date. This applies to all employees, including those working remotely and all students except those enrolled exclusively in fully online programs and coursework who will not access University facilities on any campus in person.  

It’s important to note, there will be an opportunity to apply for an exemption of the vaccine requirement for medical reasons or for reasons of conscience, including ethical and moral belief or sincerely held religious beliefs. 

All students must be vaccinated or granted an exemption in order to participate in any spring semester in-person activities, including face-to-face instruction and residence life, at any location. 

Accepted COVID-19 Vaccines

Ohio University recognizes the following vaccines under this policy. 

  • Pfizer (two dose)
  • Johnson & Johnson/Janssen (one dose) 
  • Moderna (two dose)
  • Vaccines currently approved under a WHO Emergency Use Listing (EUL)  

How to Get Vaccinated 

There is no cost for the COVID-19 vaccines, and they are easy to get either by appointment or at a walk-in clinic.

I am grateful for the coordination by our team at the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, the College of Health Sciences and Professions, and our local health system / public health partners to provide vaccine opportunities for our students, faculty, and staff, and the community-at-large across our campuses.  

  • Clinics are available on the Athens campus and many of the regional campuses.
  • Schedule a vaccine anywhere in Ohio online or by phone (1-833-427-5634).   

Additional details about vaccine availability can be found on our Be Safe Bobcats website.

Providing Proof of Vaccination

Students, faculty, and staff will register proof of vaccination through the COVID-19 Testing Pathway Program.

  • If you have already selected the Vaccination Pathway and uploaded your vaccine card, thank you. No further action is necessary (unless a booster becomes necessary).
  • If you are not yet fully vaccinated, you are required to test on the Weekly Testing Pathway until you are fully vaccinated. 

If you have already selected the Weekly Testing Pathway, after you have completed your vaccination, you can change your selection to the Vaccination Pathway by using the link provided in your original pathway confirmation email, or by contacting COVIDoperations@ohio.edu for a link to make the change.

COVID Operations will be announcing new incentive programs for members of the University community who complete vaccination prior to the deadline.

Third COVID Shot Now Available For Immunocompromised

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UPDATED 8/17/21

Area health departments are administering third COVID-19 Pfizer & Moderna vaccines to those with low immunity due . The CDC & U.S. FDA are recommending a 3rd dose be given to those who are immunocompromised.

Ross County Health District, Pickaway County Public Health and Pike County Health District are offering third doses to those who meet eligibility at all future Health Department run clinics.

The purpose of the third dose is to strengthen the immune response to those included in the following categories:

Individuals undergoing active treatment for cancer.

Individuals who have received a solid organ transplant and are taking immunosuppressive therapy.

Indivduals who have received Car-T-Cell hematopoietic stem cell transplant (within 2 years of transplant).

Individuals with moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency.

Individuals with advanced or untreated HIV infection.

Individuals undergoing active treatment with high dose corticosteroids.

Ross County’s Health District Office and Pike County are offering the third shots at their walk-in clinics to those eligible beginning August 17th, 2021 while Pickaway Public Health starts on August 18th, 2021.

Governor Touts Vax-A-Million Success As Covid Vaccine Lottery Ends

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(COLUMBUS)—Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has acknowledged what he says has been the success the Vax-A-Million lottery brought to Ohio by encouraging more people to get COVID-19 vaccinations.

OHIO VAX-A-MILLION

For yesterday’s fifth and final Ohio Vax-a-Million drawing, 3,469,542 vaccinated adults entered for a chance to win $1 million, and 154,889 vaccinated youth entered for a chance to win a college scholarship. This is an increase of 41,028 adult entries and 4,702 youth entries over last week. 

Ohio Vax-A-Million’s newest winners joined Governor DeWine this morning to discuss why they chose to be vaccinated and their excitement of being selected during this week’s drawing. 

Experanza Diaz from Cincinnati won this week’s $1 million prize, and Sydney Daum from Brecksville in Cuyahoga County won this week’s college scholarship prize. 

“I got the Pfizer vaccine, and I didn’t have any side effects, I was completely OK,” said Diaz. I would recommend it to everyone. I think it can save a lot of lives.” 

“We were always planning to get her vaccinated, but we were going to wait later in the summer to have her fully vaccinated by the time school started,” said Jennifer Daum, Sydney’s mother. “When (Governor DeWine) announced Vax-a-Million we thought this would be a good time to do it now, and we did, and we can’t believe it paid off.”

DoorDash, Kroger, and Giant Eagle will offer a new vaccine incentive program from Friday, June 25 through Wednesday, June 30. Ohioans vaccinated at the select grocery stores located below will receive a $25 DoorDash gift card.  

  • Giant Eagle, 320 Market Drive, Elyria
  • Giant Eagle, 5744 Transportation Blvd., Garfield Heights
  • Giant Eagle, 41 5th Street SE, Barberton
  • Giant Eagle, 2032 Lincoln Way East, Massillon
  • Giant Eagle, 3050 W 117th Street, Cleveland
  • Giant Eagle, 484 E Waterloo Rd., Akron
  • Giant Eagle, 2173 Stringtown Rd., Grove City
  • Giant Eagle, 2900 Stelzer Rd., Columbus
  • Giant Eagle, 4780 West Broad St., Columbus
  • Giant Eagle, 1380 S 4th St., Columbus
  • Kroger, 7132 Hamilton Ave., Cincinnati
  • Kroger, 8421 Winton Rd., Cincinnati
  • Kroger, 1 W Corry St., Cincinnati
  • Kroger, 6165 Glenway Ave., Cincinnati
  • Kroger, 3491 Northbend Rd., Cincinnati
  • Kroger, 2310 Ferguson Rd., Cincinnati
  • Kroger, 2161 Eakin Rd., Columbus
  • Kroger, 4485 Refugee Rd., Columbus
  • Kroger, 1745 Morse Rd., Columbus
  • Kroger, 3637 S High St., Columbus

YOUTH VACCINATIONS

Approximately 231,000 young Ohioans between 12 and 17 years old have started the vaccination process. Ohio is working to make sure other students have the opportunity to get their COVID-19 vaccine before school begins in the fall.

Statewide efforts include: 

  • Outreach to schools. Schools have had multiple opportunities to partner with providers and offer vaccination clinics on-site for students. A survey of school districts across the state showed us that more than 200 districts plan to offer vaccination opportunities on-site.
  • Outreach through community organizations. Ohio has partnered with all Boys and Girls Clubs across the state to serve as vaccination sites. In addition, 67 local providers will be hosting vaccination clinics in partnership with summer food service programs for families.
  • Outreach through local providers. Ohio is working with pediatricians and family doctors to encourage them to become providers so that students can get the COVID-19 vaccine from their own doctors. Nearly 500 pediatric and family medicine offices are currently offering vaccinations. To increase awareness and encourage vaccinations, child-serving state agencies are distributing vaccine information to families and others in their communities.
  • Targeted, focused outreach to underserved areas. To increase access for students in underserved areas, Ohio will assist in expanding school-based healthcare services and increase the number of community-based health workers in high-need areas. Ohio will also offer vaccinations at all Job and Family Services offices that serve customers.

DEATH DATA

Even though Ohio’s COVID-19 case numbers have been dropping, approximately 100 Ohioans a week are dying from this virus, and deaths are shifting to a younger age group.

During the winter surge, more than half of the people who died from COVID-19 in Ohio were 80 or older. Today, those ages 40 to 79 make up more than 65 percent of deaths.

High School Athletes Urged To Take COVID-19 Vaccination

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(WORTHINGTON)—Ohio Governor Mike DeWine joined Ohio High School Athletic Association Director Doug Ute, and Ohio Department of Health Chief Medical Officer Bruce Vanderhoff, M.D., to encourage Ohio high school student athletes to get a COVID-19 vaccination in order to protect themselves, to protect their teams, and to protect their season.

“We know that vaccine is our most effective tool to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and our ticket to get back to the way things used to be. For many students, that means getting back to playing sports or being involved in student activities with fewer restrictions. By getting vaccinated students will be protecting themselves and each other,” said Governor DeWine. “The vaccine is our ticket to allow athletes to live up to their dreams and compete.”

Governor Dewine joins student athletes and coaches to speak at an event encouraging individuals to get vaccinated against COVID-19

Director Ute also encouraged individuals to get vaccinated. “The number one question I get from coaches, parents, and student athletes is ‘what are things going to look like in the fall?’ I tell them we kind of hold the opportunity in our hand right now to go back to the way things were. I encourage everyone to get the vaccination so we can go back to life when kids aren’t 10 feet apart on the sidelines and athletes can high five and hug each other when they make a good play.”

The request isn’t just for student athletes, it’s for all students – those that are involved in arts, theater, debate. Dr. Vanderhoff explained that time is right to get vaccinated and be fully protected by the time practices are in full swing. 

“We’re encouraging everyone that’s eligible to be vaccinated get vaccinated, said Dr. Vanderhoff.  “It’s not just the way we are going to ensure we have the sports seasons, the band seasons, or ensure we have a school play, it’s also because you will be protecting some of the younger students who right now can’t be vaccinated as well as vulnerable people in your community.”

Central Ohio student athletes and coaches joined in the event encouraging other to get vaccinated.  A recording of the event, including statements by some of the student athletes and coaches is available on Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/GovMikeDeWine/.

Vaccination Rate Increases For Local Counties

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(COLUMBUS)—Ohio Governor Mike DeWine today provided the following updates on Ohio’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

VACCINE UPTAKE

Ohio continues to see increases in vaccine uptake across the state following the announcement of the Ohio Vax-A-Million initiative that was launched last month to increase awareness of the availability and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines and provide incentives to Ohioans to get a COVID-19 vaccination. 

Ohio counties that have experienced an increase in vaccinations include Hocking, Seneca, Ross, Jackson, Fayette, Paulding, Wyandot, Crawford, Warren, and Pickaway counties. 

“Ohio continues to move forward into a new phase of the pandemic. Vaccinations are working. That’s why cases, hospitalizations, and deaths are down. However, the threat of COVID-19 remains, and we must remain vigilant,” said Governor DeWine. “If you’re not vaccinated against COVID-19, please continue to wear a mask in public, and Ohioans who are able to get vaccinated should.”

To find a vaccine provider near you, visit gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov

OHIO VAX-A-MILLION

For yesterday’s Ohio Vax-a-Million drawing, 3,362,203 vaccinated adults entered for a chance to win $1 million and 143,604 vaccinated youth entered for a chance to win a college scholarship. This is an increase in 136,414 adult entries and 10,701 youth entries over last week. 

Ohio Vax-A-Million’s newest winners joined Governor DeWine this morning to discuss why they chose to be vaccinated and their excitement of being selected during this week’s drawing. 

Mark Cline from Richwood in Union County won this week’s $1 million prize, and Sara Afaneh from Sheffield Lake in Lorain County won this week’s college scholarship prize. 

“This is really good, but I think, more importantly, it’s about getting the vaccine,” said Cline. “I hope everyone makes that decision to get it and looks after their friends and neighbors.”

“We feel so lucky and so blessed that we won, but we’re so lucky that we were able to access the vaccine,” said Summer Afaneh, who is Sara’s mother and is also a nurse. “As soon as the kids were old enough to get vaccinated, we signed up, and it was a very easy, seamless event for us with minimal side effects, so that’s really what we are grateful and thankful for.”

There are two more Ohio Vax-a-Million drawings left. For more information and to enter, visit ohiovaxamillion.com. Ohioans 18 and older who have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine can enter to win a $1 million prize. Ohioans ages 12-17 who have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine can enter to win a four-year college scholarship to any Ohio state college or university.

Homeless Encampments Get Assist From Ross Health District

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(COLUMBUS) – The Ross County Health District has found new ways to address vaccine hesitancy in the homeless population within their community.

RCHD has begun bringing COVID-19 vaccinations directly to homeless encampments throughout the county. Along with vaccinations, RCHD employees are also providing the homeless population with Naloxone, mosquito/bug spray, hygiene kits, food, and clean water.

“It was important to us to bring other resources to the encampments, not just COVID-19 vaccines,” said RCHD Health Commissioner Garrett Guillozet. “There is a high level of hesitancy, and we wanted to utilize the opportunity of the visit to provide additional wraparound services.”

RCHD has also provided onsite clinics at local free-meal and food pantries in their area, and will continue to provide these clinics on a weekly basis to help better reach otherwise underserved populations in their community. Around 25 people have received vaccinations through these efforts.

If you are interested in hosting a vaccination clinic, the Ohio Department of Health has a toolkit for businesses and organizations available at https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/covid-19-vaccination-program/businesses-and-organizations. This toolkit contains a collection of resources vaccine providers and Ohio employers and organizations can consider using to build partnerships across the state to offer convenient vaccinations to their employees and members.

All Ohioans age 12 and older are currently eligible to be vaccinated. Ohioans can find additional vaccination opportunities and schedule appointments by visiting gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov or by calling 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634). Walk-in appointments are available at many providers statewide. Anyone with questions regarding COVID-19 vaccination within the state of Ohio can learn more at coronavirus.ohio.gov/vaccine.

Vaccine Providers Urged To Distribute 200,000 J&J Doses Before Expiration Date

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(COLUMBUS)—With approximately 200,000 doses of Johnson & Johnson vaccine in Ohio set to expire on June 23, Governor Mike DeWine has issued an urgent communication to vaccine providers asking them to distribute as many doses as possible to eligible Ohioans, as quickly as possible.

Governor DeWine also is appealing to Ohioans who have not been vaccinated yet: “The time to act is now.”

“For Ohioans who have been waiting to get their vaccine, I urge you to take action now. There are many opportunities throughout the state to get a vaccine,” Governor DeWine said. “The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is one of those options. It is safe and effective and only requires one shot. In just two weeks, you could be protected from this virus. Getting vaccinated is the quickest way out of the pandemic and the fastest way for us to return to the lives we remember.”

At this time, Ohio does not have legal options for sending the vaccine elsewhere, either to other states or other countries. The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) has directed all providers to follow a first-in, first-out process for vaccine to ensure doses with the soonest expiration dates are being used first.

ODH also has been aggressively working with COVID-19 vaccine providers across the state to identify tactics to use as many doses of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine before they expire. Some of these tactics include forming community partnerships to offer special vaccination clinics, offering more mobile vaccination opportunities in partnering with community groups at community events and for homebound individuals, and offering the vaccine as part of ongoing maintenance programs with congregate setting staff and residents, as well as correctional/detention centers.

More than 5.3 million Ohioans have started the COVID-19 vaccination process, and more than 4.7 million are fully vaccinated. On June 5, Ohio hit a benchmark we’ve long awaited: fewer than 50 cases per 100,000 residents in Ohio. While these are positive signs, the threat of COVID-19 still remains.

The risk of going unvaccinated impacts not only those who choose not to be vaccinated, but to those around them. Lower vaccination rates put children under 12, who don’t yet have a COVID-19 vaccine authorized for their age group, at risk, as well as the small percentage of Ohioans who can’t be vaccinated, or those with certain immune disorders. The more Ohioans who are vaccinated, the more we can protect ourselves, and one another.

All of the COVID-19 vaccines have been proven to be highly effective at preventing severe disease and against known variants. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is a single-dose vaccine for individuals ages 18 and older. Because the vaccine is available in one dose, you will be fully immunized just two weeks after receiving the vaccine. This means you can safely and quickly resume activities that you did prior to the pandemic.

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is available at provider locations around the state, including local health departments, pharmacies and mass vaccination sites. Please visit gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov to find a provider near you and schedule an appointment. Most providers list the available vaccine on their websites and/or social media pages. Many providers will also accept walk-in appointments.

More information about the vaccine is available at coronavirus.ohio.gov.