Published on January 20, 2021

(Sandusky, Ohio) This past week is a week everyone at Firelands Regional Health System has been waiting for since the start of the pandemic. On Tuesday, January 19, Firelands hosted their first large-scale public vaccination clinic for the most senior Erie County residents. “Many of these individuals have been shut-in for the last ten months. They haven’t been with friends or even felt the warm embrace of a family member’s hug in quite some time. I am so excited for this group to receive their vaccination this week,” said Firelands Chief Executive Officer, Jeremy Normington-Slay.

Among those scheduled in the first week of vaccinations was Milford Barnard of Sandusky. “This virus has affected a lot of people and we have to get it under control. Getting the vaccine is the only way to do it.” Barnard also went on to say that he looks forward to taking his grandkids out for ice cream at Toft’s Dairy someday soon. The oldest 100 residents on Firelands’ 1B list, received from the Erie County Health Department, represent nearly 9,300 years of life.

The COVID-19 vaccine is critical to getting this pandemic under control. “The efficacy of the vaccine is extremely high,” Firelands Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Scott Campbell explained, “and therefore those who receive it can almost be assured that they will not become significantly ill from this virus. After getting your second dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines, you will be 95% less likely to contract COVID-19 than those who did not receive the vaccine.” Dr. Campbell went on to say, “the COVID-19 vaccine will markedly decrease mortality in our most vulnerable populations. This vaccine can literally save your life.”

Learn the latest up-to-date information about phase 1B of the COVID-19 vaccine release on the Erie County Health Department’s website, CovidErieOhio.com.

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