(March 4, 2021, Sandusky) – Over 12,000 of Erie County’s most vulnerable residents, 16.25% of the total population, have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine series, according to the most recent data from the Ohio Department of Health. Over half of those, 8.98%, have received both doses of the vaccine and are considered fully immunized against COVID-19.
The Erie County Health Department and Firelands Regional Health System are committed to making the vaccine widely available for those who want to receive it, as quickly as possible. While vaccines are still in short supply, allocations are expected to increase significantly in the coming weeks. In response to this significant increase in the amount of vaccine coming into Erie County, vaccine eligibility will be expanded to include individuals in Phase 1C and Phase 2 of Erie County’s vaccination plan which will go into effect today, March 4th.
Phase 1C includes those with certain occupations and with certain medical conditions not addressed in previous phases. Eligible medical conditions include type 1 diabetes, pregnant women, bone marrow transplant recipients, and ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). Occupations included in this phase are childcare services, funeral services, law enforcement and corrections officers, and firefighters. Phase 2 includes Erie County residents aged 60 and older. Visit https://www.coviderieohio.com/covid-19-vaccine for more detailed information on eligibility.
Those who are eligible for the vaccine and would like to schedule an appointment at the Erie County Health Department or Firelands can visit www.CovidErieOhio.com to register and schedule an appointment online. If you do not have access to or assistance completing the online COVID-19 vaccine appointment scheduler, please call our automated COVID-19 vaccine registration line at 567-867-8222 and leave a voicemail. You will receive a return phone call to schedule an appointment once doses of the vaccine are available. Visit https://vaccine.coronavirus.ohio.gov/ to search all Erie County COVID-19 vaccine providers.
Getting us through the pandemic will require using all the tools available. Evidence shows that COVID-19 vaccines are safe and work to prevent COVID-19. Other steps, like masks and social distancing, help reduce your chance of being exposed to or spreading the virus. Together, vaccines and proper prevention measures will offer the best protection from COVID-19.
Peter Schade, MPH, RS
Erie County Health Department
Jeremy Normington-Slay, DPT, MBA, FACHE
Chief Executive Officer
Firelands Regional Health System
Erie County EMA