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Vaccination Information

As COVID-19 case counts rise across the United States, implementation of a successful COVID-19 vaccination program becomes even more crucial to protect Americans, to reduce the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, and to help restore some normalcy to our lives and our country.

 

As more vaccine becomes available in the 2021, anyone who would like to receive a vaccine will be able to do so. The timeframe for that will be determined when larger quantities become available. This website will updated with new information as it is received.

Vaccine Update

RCHD is working on scheduling individuals who are 80 years of age and older. If you have registered and have not received a call to schedule, it’s because we have a limited supply of vaccine. All vaccine providers in the area are following guidance from the State on who to vaccinate. Another provider in the area may be able to schedule you before RCHD because of the high number of registrations we have received.

Starting the week of January 25, Ohioans 75 years of age and older; those with a developmental or intellectual disability AND one of the following conditions listed in Phase 1B below.

If you have a developmental or intellectual disability and believe you fit into this category, contact the Ross County Board of Developmental Disabilities. Those who are 75 years of age and older will receive a phone call when vaccine is available for them. 

COVID-19 Vaccination Phases

There is a limited supply of the vaccine. Phase 1A includes those who are at most at risk – essential healthcare workers and personnel caring for COVID-19 patients.) These include:

  • Healthcare providers and personnel who are routinely involved with the care of COVID-19 patients.
  • Residents and staff at nursing facilities.
  • Residents and staff at assisted living facilities.
  • Patients and staff at psychiatric hospitals.
  • People with intellectual disabilities and those with mental illness who in group homes or centers and staff at those locations
  • Residents and staff of Ohio’s veteran’s homes.
  • EMS responders.

 

If you are a teacher in the area, you should have received information from your administrators.

*Starting January 25 – Ohioans 75 years of age and older; those with a developmental or intellectual disability AND one of the following conditions: cerebral palsy; spina bifida; severe congenital heart disease requiring hospitalization within the past year; severe type 1 diabetes requiring hospitalization within the past year; inherited metabolic disorders including phenylketonuria; severe neurological disorders including epilepsy, hydrocephaly, and microcephaly; severe genetic disorders including Down syndrome, fragile X syndrome, Prader-Willi syndrome, Turner syndrome, and muscular dystrophy; severe lung disease, including asthma requiring hospitalization within the past year, and cystic fibrosis; sickle cell anemia; and alpha and beta thalassemia; and solid organ transplant patients.

If you believe you fit in this category, contact the Ross County Board of Developmental Disabilities.

Even with the tiered approach, vaccine supplies are extremely limited. Even though you may register, you may not be to receive the vaccine in the beginning weeks of Phase 1B. As vaccine becomes available, we will move through the priority groups.

Myths vs. Facts COVID-19 Vaccine

FACT: COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective.
Safety is a top priority of the U.S. vaccine safety development and approval process. The development process for COVID-19 vaccines
involved several steps comparable with those used to develop other vaccines such as the flu or measles vaccine, which have
successfully protected millions of Ohioans for decades. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), as well as independent medical
experts, have ensured that every detail of COVID-19 vaccines is thoroughly and rigorously evaluated. Evidence shows that COVID-19
vaccines are safe and work to prevent COVID-19. Of the first two vaccines to apply to the FDA for emergency use authorization, the
Pfizer BioNTech vaccine was 95% effective, and the Moderna vaccine was 94% effective in phase 3 clinical trials with more than
70,000 participants between the two studies. Although the COVID-19 vaccines themselves have been developed recently, the
technology used in mRNA vaccines, like those developed by Pfizer BioNTech and Moderna, has been studied for decades.

FACT: COVID-19 vaccine development and clinical trials were thorough and thanks to a strategic scientific
effort to streamline processes, could be developed more efficiently.
There have been no shortcuts in the vaccine development process. The process has been quicker as a result of strategic efforts to run
concurrent trial phases, as well as a commitment to help condense timelines and reduce or eliminate months-long waiting periods
during which documents would be prepared or be waiting for review. In addition, during the process of vaccine development, the CEOs
of AstraZeneca, BioNTech, GlaxoSmithKline, Johnson & Johnson, Merck, Moderna, Novavax, Pfizer, and Sanofi made a historic
pledge to the world, outlining a united commitment to uphold the integrity of the scientific process as they work toward potential
regulatory filings and approvals of the first COVID-19 vaccines. Messenger RNA (mRNA), used by the first two vaccines to apply for
FDA emergency use authorization (Pfizer BioNTech and Moderna), while new, is not unknown. Researchers have been studying
mRNA for decades, and early-stage clinical trials using mRNA vaccines have been carried out for influenza, Zika, rabies, and
cytomegalovirus (CMV). Recent technological advancements in RNA biology and chemistry, as well as delivery systems, have allowed
these COVID-19 vaccines using mRNA to be developed as safe and effective vaccines.

FACT: Ohio will not make COVID-19 vaccination mandatory.
The state of Ohio will not require anyone to get the COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccine will be available to all Ohioans who choose to
receive it, as available supply of the vaccine increases.

Fact: COVID-19 vaccines will not give you COVID-19.
None of the COVID-19 vaccines currently in development in the United States use the live virus that causes COVID-19. The
Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines are messenger ribonucleic acid, or mRNA, vaccines. (See below for further explanation.) The
goal for COVID-19 vaccines is to teach our immune systems how to recognize and fight the virus that causes COVID-19. Sometimes
this process can cause side effects, such as fatigue, headache, soreness or redness at the injection site, and muscle or joint pain.
These symptoms are normal and are a sign that the body is building immunity. It typically takes a few weeks for the body to build
immunity after vaccination, and some vaccines require two doses. That means it is possible that a person could be infected with the
virus that causes COVID-19 just before, or just after, getting the vaccination and become sick, since it takes the vaccine time to provide
protection. Learn more about how COVID-19 vaccines work.

FACT: The severity of COVID-19 symptoms varies widely, and getting vaccinated can help prevent
infection with COVID-19.
While many people with COVID-19 have only a mild illness, others may get a severe illness or die. There is no way to know how
COVID-19 will affect you, even if you are not at increased risk of severe complications. Also, if you get COVID-19, you may spread the
disease to friends, family, and others around you while you are sick. COVID-19 vaccination helps protect you by allowing your body to
create an antibody response without having to experience sickness.

FACT: Only vaccines designed specifically to prevent COVID-19 will protect you from COVID-19.
Other vaccines, such as those for flu, measles, or other diseases, will not protect you from COVID-19. Only the vaccines designed
specifically to protect you from COVID-19, once approved for use by the FDA, can prevent it. While a flu vaccine will not prevent you
from getting COVID-19, it can prevent you from getting influenza (flu) at the same time as COVID-19.

FACT: Vaccine injections do not contain tracking microchips.
No vaccine injections or nasal sprays – including the shots for COVID-19 – contain microchips, nanochips, RFID trackers, or devices
that would track or control your body in any way. Much like the way any shipment or delivery is tracked, shipments of vaccine doses will
be monitored as they are shipped and administered across the country. However, the notion that these shots will contain tracking
devices implanted into Ohioans is false.

FACT: No serious safety concerns have been observed for the COVID-19 vaccines that have applied for
emergency use authorization.
In the Pfizer BioNTech phase 3 clinical trial of more than 43,000 individuals, and the Moderna Phase 3 clinical trial with 30,000
participants, no serious safety concerns were observed. The most common side effects were fatigue, headache, soreness or redness
at the injection site, and muscle or joint pain. Side effects like these, while unpleasant, are a sign that your body is responding properly
to create immunity from the virus that causes COVID-19.

FACT: COVID-19 vaccines will not cause you to test positive on COVID-19 viral tests.
Vaccines currently in clinical trials in the United States won’t cause you to test positive on viral tests, which are used to see if you have
a current infection. If your body develops an immune response, which is the goal of vaccination, there is a possibility you may test
positive on some antibody tests. Antibody tests indicate you had a previous infection and that you may have some level of protection
against the virus. Experts are currently looking at how COVID-19 vaccination may affect antibody testing results.

Vaccine Safety

None of the COVID-19 vaccines currently in development in the United States use the live virus that causes COVID-19. There are several different types of vaccines in development. However, the goal for each of them is to teach our immune systems how to recognize and fight the virus that causes COVID-19. Sometimes this process can cause symptoms, such as fever. These symptoms are normal and are a sign that the body is building immunity.

It typically takes a few weeks for the body to build immunity after vaccination. That means it’s possible a person could be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 just before or just after vaccination and get sick. This is because the vaccine has not had enough time to provide protection.

Click here to learn more about how vaccines work.