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Last Updated 9/27/2021


COVID-19 ANNOUNCEMENTS

Booster Vaccinations

In alignment with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), booster doses of the Pfizer/Comirnaty COVID-19 vaccine are now available for the following populations at least six months after completion of the primary Pfizer series, meaning at least six months after the second dose was administered: 

  • People 65 years and older or residents in long-term care settings SHOULD receive a booster shot. 
  • People ages 50 to 64 with certain underlying medical conditions SHOULD receive a booster shot. 
  • People ages 18 to 49 with certain underlying medical conditions MAY receive a booster shot based on their individual benefits and risks. The CDC has indicated that this is a determination made by the vaccine recipient, but those eligible are encouraged to talk to their healthcare providers if they have any questions.
  • People age 18 and older who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of their job or living in an institutional setting MAY receive a booster shot based on their individual benefits and risks. The CDC has indicated that this is a determination made by the vaccine recipient.
  • It is considered a booster if you had a normal immune response during your first or second dose. Immuno-Compromised individuals typically did not so for those individuals it is called a Third Dose.

 There are many opportunities in Ohio to be vaccinated, including walk-in and scheduled appointments statewide at pharmacies, federally qualified health centers, doctor’s offices, community vaccination sites, and local health departments. There is an ample supply of vaccines for boosters, as well as first and second doses, for Ohioans. Ohioans will be able to check gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov or call 1-833-427-5634 for the latest eligibility information and to find a vaccine provider near them.

 Eligible booster recipients will be asked to attest they have one of the qualifying conditions, but the specific proof will not be required. Eligible Ohioans should allow 2-3 weeks to get their booster dose, with many opportunities to be vaccinated in their local community.

 COVID-19 vaccines are widely available throughout the state. Many providers offer walk-in appointments, or Ohioans can schedule a vaccination appointment at gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov. Ohioans who want to learn more about the safety, efficacy, and side effects of COVID-19 vaccines should talk to their doctor, nurse, or pharmacist, or visit coronavirus.ohio.gov/vaccine to learn more. 

School Guidance

Click here for current school guidance provided by the Ohio Department of Health

Click here for a flow chart for Guidelines for Quarantine after exposure in K-12 Classroom Settings

Click here for K-12 Quarantine in Ohio

Ohio Vax-2 School Program

The Ohio Vax-2-School program was announced recently by Governor DeWine to encourage eligible kids to get vaccinated. The program will be open to Ohioans ages 12 to 25 and will be similar to the scholarship portion of the successful Vax-a-Million program. Ohioans in this age group are eligible as long as they have received their vaccination by the time of the drawing. Those who have been vaccinated prior to this announcement are eligible.

Prizes will include 50 scholarships worth $10,000 each and five $100,000 scholarships to an Ohio college or university for career or technical education. Funding is made available through existing coronavirus relief appropriations. Prizes will be announced Monday through Friday beginning the week of October 11. The Ohio Department of Health and the Ohio Department of Education will share more details this week.

COVID-19 vaccine

Where can I get the COVID-19 vaccine?

First dose information

  • You must have an appointment please click on the green button at the top of the page.
  • You must bring your confirmation code to the clinic.
  • We offer Moderna and Pfizer vaccines at our clinics.
  • We currently are not offering Johnson & Johnson at our standard clinics. Due to limited availability, this is being used for homebound individuals.
  • You will receive a vaccine card upon receiving your first dose. Please bring this to your second dose clinic.

Second dose information

  • You must have the same manufacturer of vaccine for your second dose that you did for your first.
  • Dose #2 clinics are generally at the same place where you received your first dose unless otherwise noted.
  • We will schedule your second dose upon administering your first dose.
  • Bring the vaccine card with you that you received at your first dose.
  • You should get your second dose from the location that gave you your first dose.

Third dose information

  • The third dose is currently only recommended for those who are immuno-compromised. 
  • It is considered a third dose if you did not have an immune response for the first two doses, this is common in immuno-compromised individuals.
  • At this time it is not recommended for an additional dose for those who received the J&J vaccine.
  • Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids (20 milligrams or more of prednisone daily or an equivalent) including:
    • alkylating agents
    • antimetabolites
    • cancer chemotherapeutic agents classified as severely immunosuppressive
    • transplant-related immunosuppressive drugs
    • tumor-necrosis (TNF) blockers
    • other biologic agents that are immunosuppressive or immunomodulatory
  • Advanced or untreated HIV infection
  • Moderate or severe immunodeficiency such as DiGeorge or Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome
  • Received a CAR-T-cell or hematopoietic stem cell transplant and are within two years of transplant or taking immunosuppression therapy
  • Received a solid-organ transplant and are presently taking immunosuppressive therapy
  • Undergoing cancer treatment – solid tumors and hematologic malignancies

Delta Variant

The Top 5 things to know about COVID-19 and Delta Variant

  1. Getting vaccinated prevents severe illness, hospitalization, and death; it also helps reduce the spread of the virus in communities
    • Unvaccinated individuals should get vaccinated and continue masking until they are fully vaccinated.
    • With the Delta variant, this is more urgent than ever. The highest spread of cases and severe outcomes are happening in places with low vaccination rates.
  2. Data shows the Delta Variant is different than past versions of the virus: it is much more contagious
    • Some vaccinated people can get Delta in a breakthrough infection and may be contagious.
    • Even so, vaccinated individuals represent a very small amount of transmission occurring around the country.
    • Virtually all hospitalizations and deaths continue to be among the unvaccinated.
  3. In areas with substantial and high transmission, CDC recommends that everyone (including fully vaccinated individuals) wear a mask in public indoor settings to help prevent the spread of Delta and protect others
  4. CDC recommends that community leaders encourage vaccination and masking to prevent further outbreaks in areas of substantial and high transmission
  5. CDC recommends universal indoor masking for all teachers, staff, students, and visitors to K- 12 schools, regardless of vaccination status
    • Children should return to full-time in-person learning in the fall with layered prevention strategies in place.

For More Information on the Delta Variant Click Here

When can you get the vaccine?

Determine your vaccine phase below or view updates from Ohio's Vaccine Program.

Register and schedule an appointment here

  • At this time we do not have the ability for persons to select the manufacturer of the vaccine they receive.
  • This will vary due to the allocation from the state.
  • Currently, Greene County Public Health is giving Moderna and Pfizer at the clinics.
  • Johnson & Johnson is coming in very small amounts to us and it is being used for homebound individuals.

    COVID-19 testing

    • Find COVID-19 testing locations near you.
    • Antigen (rapid) test results should be confirmed with a PCR test. If you have received a positive antigen test, consider these next steps:
      • Schedule a PCR test to confirm your results.
      • While waiting for your PCR test and test results, stay home and isolate yourself from household members.
      • Continue to wear a mask, wash your hands, and keep 6 feet away from people.

    Current Ohio Department of Health orders.

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    Lost/Replacement Vaccine Card

    • Your vaccine card is proof that you have had your vaccination please be sure that you keep it in a safe place.
    • Should you lose your card or it becomes damaged a replacement can be obtained by emailing medicalrecords@gcph.info
    • You should receive a response within 24 to 48 hours of your request
    • Be advised it may take longer due to the number of requests coming into the agency.