Coronavirus: Fewer providers in Clark County scheduling vaccines for next week due to second shots

Clark County seniors  wait in line to get the COVID vaccine on Jan. 20. BILL LACKEY/STAFF
Clark County seniors wait in line to get the COVID vaccine on Jan. 20. BILL LACKEY/STAFF

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Credit: Bill Lackey

Only three of Clark County’s nine COVID-19 vaccine providers are scheduling vaccination appointments for next week.

The county’s other four providers — which include pharmacy chains like CVS, Walgreens and Kroger — are not scheduling vaccine appointments for next week because they are using their vaccine allotment for second round vaccinations, Clark County Combined Health District Commissioner Charles Patterson said.

Both the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, the only two vaccines currently approved by the FDA, require two doses roughly 20 days apart.

“They are right in the midst of doing those second doses right now and so they are not getting new doses at this time,” Patterson said. “The only providers right now are Rocking Horse Community Health Center, New Carlisle Community Health Center and us.”

But even though the county is down four providers for appointments next week, Patterson said there is good news on that front.

“Because of our partnership with Mercy Health and Springfield Regional Medical Center, we have 1,770 new doses coming in next week. Those are all new doses,” Patterson said. “So that’s another, with the doses we can get out of those vials, almost 1,800 new doses we’re going to be giving. And I’m happy to sit here on Friday afternoon at 4:17 p.m. and say we still have appointments available for next week.”

Patterson said the health district will be taking vaccine appointments all weekend long until the remaining roughly 700 appointments fill up.

“I know people have been frustrated over the last couple of weeks, even as long as four to six weeks now, so if you’re frustrated but you still want a vaccine there are appointments available,” Patterson said.

To schedule an appointment with the health district, residents can contact 937-717-2439 or go the CCCHD’s website at ccchd.com.

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Clark County had 12,046 total cases of the coronavirus as of Friday afternoon, according to the Ohio Department of Health. The county also had 312 deaths and 13 probable deaths, according to data from the CCCHD.

Of those death, 19 confirmed deaths were added this week due to lagging data from ODH, Patterson said. The department announced last week it would be adding more deaths to the state’s numbers as backlogged numbers were totaled.

As of Friday, 19,486 vaccination shots have been given in Clark County, according to ODH. That’s roughly 14.53% of the population.

After reporting less than 3,000 cases of the coronavirus a day for seven days in row, Ohio’s 21-day cases average dropped below 3,000 Friday, according to ODH.

Over the last three weeks, Ohio has reported an average of 2,910 cases. The state added 2,303 cases on Friday, nearly half the 4,191 cases reported on Jan. 30. In the last 21 days, Ohio reported fewer than 3,000 cases 10 times.

The state’s deaths increased by 82 for a total of 16,693.

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