Vaccine held up by limited supply


By Mackenzi Klemann - mklemann@limanews.com



Lou Ann Elliott, 83, receives her first shot of the Moderna vaccine at the Knights of Columbus hall in Lima on Thursday. The Allen County Health Department will continue its vaccination clinics next week as Ohio expands 1B eligibility to anyone 75 years or older. Find a listing of vaccine sites inside.

Lou Ann Elliott, 83, receives her first shot of the Moderna vaccine at the Knights of Columbus hall in Lima on Thursday. The Allen County Health Department will continue its vaccination clinics next week as Ohio expands 1B eligibility to anyone 75 years or older. Find a listing of vaccine sites inside.


Where to get a vaccine

Vaccines are limited to Ohioans 75 years or older and adults with congenital, developmental and early-onset medical disorders who also have an intellectual or developmental disability.

Lima Memorial Health System: Immunizations will take place from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays at the main campus and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekends at the Lima Memorial Medical park by appointment only. Appointments will also be available at the Lima Memorial Hospital – Lincoln Family Practice in Wapakoneta. Call 419-998-4491 to schedule.

• Bradfield Community Center: Health Partners of Western Ohio will resume scheduling appointments on Friday. Call 567-825-0226 to schedule.

• Allen County Public Health: Call 419-228-4636 to schedule an appointment.

• Mercy Health: Vaccine clinics will be held in Allen, Auglaize and Putnam counties. Call 419-996-5000 or contact your Mercy Health provider to schedule.

• Bluffton Hospital: Call 419-369-2323 or visit www.bvhealthsystem.org to schedule.

• Putnam County Health Department: Call the vaccine hotline at 419-538-7001 to schedule. Hotline will reopen at 9 a.m. Friday. The health department is asking only residents who are 80 years or older to call at this time.

• Grand Lake Health System: Clinics will be held at Grand Lake primary Care in St. Marys, Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, Wapakoneta Primary Care and the Miami & Erie Family Practice & Pediatrics office in Minster. Visit www.grandlakehealth.org or call 419-300-1132 to schedule.

• St. Marys Kroger: Call 866-211-5320 or visit www.kroger.com/rx/guest/get-vaccinated to schedule.

• Auglaize County Health Department: Call 419-738-3410 to schedule.

Full list of other vaccine administration sites, visit https://vaccine.coronavirus.ohio.gov/

LIMA — Ohioans who are at least 75 years old will be eligible for COVID-19 immunizations starting next week. But Gov. Mike DeWine on Thursday said he expects Ohio will receive a similar allotment of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines as it did this week, foreshadowing another week of wait lists and call-back-later messages as an increasing number of Ohioans try to reserve their shots.

The process has been complicated by a scarcity of vaccines and last-minute notices from the federal government notifying states how many doses will be allotted from week to week.

And the increasing number of vaccine administration sites, intended to make it easier for Ohioans to find a nearby clinic, has added to the confusion among those searching for a location that still has appointments available.

“Our biggest problem is really simple: It’s lack of vaccine,” DeWine said on Thursday, referencing a letter he sent to the incoming Biden administration outlining the challenges the state has encountered while administering the vaccine.

Still, Ohio will move forward with its plan to expand eligibility by five years each week until anyone 65 years or older is able to get a vaccine if they choose.

Ohioans with severe congenital, developmental and early-onset medical disorders and a developmental or intellectual disability will also have access next week, while those with qualifying medical disorders but no disability will have to wait until the week of Feb. 15.

Rapid antigen tests

DeWine on Thursday announced Ohio will purchase 2 million at-home BinaxNOW rapid antigen tests to help local health departments quickly identify outbreaks in workplaces, schools and communities.

The $50 million investment will rely on CARES Act dollars to make the rapid-antigen tests more widely available, a request DeWine said he has heard from health departments for months.

The tests can be performed at home, with results ready within 15 minutes.

A telehealth system will also be available to demonstrate how to administer the tests and read the results.

Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff, chief medical officer for the Ohio Department of Health, said false negatives are more common than false positives with the rapid antigen tests, meaning a person who tests negative should not interpret their result to mean they are COVID-free.

But a person who tests positive can be fairly certain they have COVID-19, Vanderhoff said, and should isolate themselves immediately to avoid spreading the disease.

The tests will be provided to local health departments to use at their discretion.

Lou Ann Elliott, 83, receives her first shot of the Moderna vaccine at the Knights of Columbus hall in Lima on Thursday. The Allen County Health Department will continue its vaccination clinics next week as Ohio expands 1B eligibility to anyone 75 years or older. Find a listing of vaccine sites inside.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2021/01/web1_Vaccine-1_21_21.jpgLou Ann Elliott, 83, receives her first shot of the Moderna vaccine at the Knights of Columbus hall in Lima on Thursday. The Allen County Health Department will continue its vaccination clinics next week as Ohio expands 1B eligibility to anyone 75 years or older. Find a listing of vaccine sites inside.

By Mackenzi Klemann

mklemann@limanews.com

Where to get a vaccine

Vaccines are limited to Ohioans 75 years or older and adults with congenital, developmental and early-onset medical disorders who also have an intellectual or developmental disability.

Lima Memorial Health System: Immunizations will take place from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays at the main campus and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekends at the Lima Memorial Medical park by appointment only. Appointments will also be available at the Lima Memorial Hospital – Lincoln Family Practice in Wapakoneta. Call 419-998-4491 to schedule.

• Bradfield Community Center: Health Partners of Western Ohio will resume scheduling appointments on Friday. Call 567-825-0226 to schedule.

• Allen County Public Health: Call 419-228-4636 to schedule an appointment.

• Mercy Health: Vaccine clinics will be held in Allen, Auglaize and Putnam counties. Call 419-996-5000 or contact your Mercy Health provider to schedule.

• Bluffton Hospital: Call 419-369-2323 or visit www.bvhealthsystem.org to schedule.

• Putnam County Health Department: Call the vaccine hotline at 419-538-7001 to schedule. Hotline will reopen at 9 a.m. Friday. The health department is asking only residents who are 80 years or older to call at this time.

• Grand Lake Health System: Clinics will be held at Grand Lake primary Care in St. Marys, Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, Wapakoneta Primary Care and the Miami & Erie Family Practice & Pediatrics office in Minster. Visit www.grandlakehealth.org or call 419-300-1132 to schedule.

• St. Marys Kroger: Call 866-211-5320 or visit www.kroger.com/rx/guest/get-vaccinated to schedule.

• Auglaize County Health Department: Call 419-738-3410 to schedule.

Full list of other vaccine administration sites, visit https://vaccine.coronavirus.ohio.gov/

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