Vaccine distribution continues in Athens County and statewide.
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced Monday the next steps in Ohio’s vaccine distribution plan, with the final part of Phase 1 beginning this week.
Phase 1C vaccination eligibility
Phase 1C includes approximately 246,000 eligible Ohioans with certain occupations and with certain medical conditions not addressed in previous phases, DeWine said. The group includes those with Type 1 diabetes, pregnant women, bone marrow transplant recipients, and those with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), in addition to those working in childcare services, funeral services and law enforcement of corrections.
Phase 2 vaccine eligibility
Because the risk of more severe reactions and outcomes of COVID-19 increase with age, Phase 2 will open vaccinations based on age, beginning with Ohioans ages 60 and older. This group includes approximately 695,000 eligible Ohioans, a news release stated.
Phase 2 of Ohio’s vaccination distribution plan, which will go into effect on March 4.
In addition, DeWine announced Monday that Ohio is expected to receive more than 448,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine this week.
Of that total, more than 96,000 doses of the new Johnson & Johnson vaccine will be delivered to around 200 new independent pharmacy providers as well as chain pharmacies, hospitals and health departments, according to a news release from the Governor’s Office.
As of Friday, Feb. 26, the Athens City-County Health Department attempted contact with everyone who qualified for the vaccine on the COVID-19 interest list, the department stated in a press release.
The internet and phone system at the Athens City-County Health Department is temporarily offline, the department stated in a press release. The outage is expected to last until mid-day Wednesday or Thursday of this week.
As a result, the health department is asking people who are 65 years of age and older who are interested in receiving the COVID-19 vaccine to call 740-592-0899 on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday of this week between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m to schedule an appointment.
“You must have an appointment to participate in the vaccination clinic,” the department stated in its release.
There are 4,637 total known cases of COVID-19 in Athens County: 347 are active, and 4,261 have recovered as of Monday, according to the Athens City-County Health Department.
Previously, Phase 1A included frontline health care workers, residents and staff of nursing homes and EMS workers. Vaccination for Phase 1B, included K-12 adult staff, people 65 years of age and older and people with congenital disabilities.