Hamilton Co. has received 300 doses of Johnson & Johnson vaccine, commissioner says

Hamilton Co. has received 300 doses of Johnson & Johnson vaccine, commissioner says
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CINCINNATI (FOX19) - Hamilton County Health Commissioner Greg Kesterman said the county has received 300 doses of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.

On Monday, Gov. Mike DeWine announced that Ohio will receive 96,100 doses of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine this week.

DeWine says the Johnson & Johnson vaccine will be distributed to more than 200 independent pharmacies as well as chain pharmacies, hospitals, and health departments that have not received any vaccines.

According to the Ohio Department of Health, there are 73,415 cases and 1,034 deaths.

Kesterman says the county is averaging 131 new cases per day.

Hamilton County is now one of 11 Ohio counties known to have a COVID-19 variant detected, officials say.

“We’ve known about these variants for some time,” Kesterman said. “From a prevention standpoint, the response remains the same: wear a mask; maintain at least six feet of physical distance; wash hands often, and stay home when you are ill. Also, consider taking vaccine when you are eligible.”

The UK variant does have an increased chance of being transferred from person to person, according to the CDC.

Phase 2 of the state’s vaccination program will kick in on March 4 when the age of eligibility will be lowered to 60.

People who are living with type 1 diabetes, pregnant, bone marrow recipients, and those living with ALS, who are working in childcare service, funeral services, law enforcement and corrections officers, will be eligible.

Phase 2 adds approximately 695,000 eligible Ohioans.

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