‘Don’t declare victory too early:’ Ohio doctor stresses importance to prevent COVID spread

Gov. DeWine updates COVID-19 vaccine rollout

COLUMBUS, Ohio (FOX19) - As Ohio continues its COVID-19 vaccination efforts, a state health official says it is still too early to declare victory.

Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff stressed the importance of Ohioans continuing to be cautious. Even with the vaccine being administered, Vanderhoff says the national effort needs more time.

“It’s very important that we don’t declare victory too quickly,” Dr. Vanderhoff says. “Vaccines are working very well, but our national vaccination effort needs more time. We have to keep up our work of preventing spread through masking and distancing.”

Additional vaccines coming to Ohio were delayed briefly this week because of the weather.

Thousands of those delayed shipments arrived on Wednesday.

Gov. Mike DeWine says 29,000 first doses and 28,000 second doses of the vaccine were delivered Wednesday.

The governor did say that some shipments are still delayed. As a result, it is expected that providers will give vaccinations over the weekend as shipments arrive.

Not only did the weather this week cause delays in shipments, but it also postponed many vaccine appointments.

People who had an appointment rescheduled should have been contacted by the provider administering the vaccine.

If a person has not been contacted yet, Gov. DeWine urged them to call their provider.

Residents ages 65 and older are currently eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine in Ohio. The governor says the state will not lower the eligible age for the vaccine for a few more weeks.

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Teachers in K-12 schools are also able to get the COVID-19 vaccine as long as their school district has signed a document to return to in-person learning by March 1.

This week also expanded vaccine eligibility to those who were diagnosed with conditions in childhood that carried into adulthood.

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