Coronavirus: Moderna boosters soon available at Clark County Combined Health District

Peggy Smith, a registered nurse, gives a COVID vaccine at the Clark County Combined Health District's vaccine center on Leffel Lane. BILL LACKEY/STAFF
Peggy Smith, a registered nurse, gives a COVID vaccine at the Clark County Combined Health District's vaccine center on Leffel Lane. BILL LACKEY/STAFF

Credit: Bill Lackey

Credit: Bill Lackey

The Clark County Combined Health District will begin administering the Moderna booster COVID-19 vaccines in the coming days, the agency announced Friday.

On Thursday, boosters for both the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines were approved by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The health district will begin administering booster doses for the Moderna vaccine on Tuesday.

Clark County Combined Health District health Commissioner Charles Patterson updated the community on the state of COVID-19 in Clark County during the health district’s weekly livestream on Friday.

The qualifying population for Moderna boosters is similar to that of the Pfizer booster, Patterson said. People aged 65 and older who completed their vaccine series six months ago or longer are advised to get an additional dose to boost their immunity systems against COVID-19, he said.

ExploreCLARK COUNTY: COVID-19 cases, deaths, and vaccinations

In addition, those older than 18 who are at high risk for severe COVID-19, or if their jobs or living conditions put them at high risk of exposure to the virus, are eligible for the Moderna booster.

In contrast, a second dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine was recommended for everyone who received their first dose at least two months ago.

Qualifying people interested in a Moderna booster can call 937-717-2439 to schedule an appointment with the health district. Moderna boosters will also be available at CVS Pharmacy locations.

About 53.4% of the vaccine-eligible population — 12 years and older — in Clark County has been vaccinated, Patterson said.

The health district administered more than 550 booster doses of the Pfizer vaccine this week.

ExploreOhio reports just over 4,000 daily COVID-19 cases

A total of 310 confirmed and probable cases of the coronavirus were reported in Clark County this week. Overall, 19,812 COVID-19 cases have been reported in Clark County since the pandemic’s beginning.

Ohio reported more than 4,000 daily COVID-19 cases for the third straight day, with 4,078 cases recorded in the last day, according to the ODH.

Friday was the eighth consecutive day the state reported fewer than 5,000 daily cases. COVID cases have continued to decline throughout October as the delta surge shows signs of waning.

On Oct. 1, Ohio’s 21-day case average as 6,402 case a day, according to ODH. On Friday it was 4,554 cases a day. In the last week, the state is averaging 3,626 cases a day.

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In addition, 649 total hospitalizations and 354 deaths have been reported in Clark County.

Patterson recommended that in preparation for the holidays, if people are planning to spend time with their loved ones, they should consider vaccination. If they have already been vaccinated, they should also consider receiving a booster dose if they are eligible for it.

The CCCHD COVID-19 Vaccination Center at 110 W. Leffel Lane in Springfield is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday; and from 1 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday.

By the Numbers:

46.1: Percentage of Clark County residents who have completed the COVID-19 vaccine series

19,812: Total number of coronavirus cases reported in Clark County

354: Total number of coronavirus-related deaths in Clark County

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