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Washington County vaccinations being organized

Staff Report

Health departments in Washington County are organizing vaccinations, starting with the priority segments of society, officials said.

The Washington County Health Department on Monday vaccinated first responders and health care workers at the Broughton Nature and Wildlife Education Area on Ohio 821 in Marietta.

A hundred vaccinations were administered on Monday, according to Sherry Ellem, program manager for the Creating Healthy Communities program at the health department. Things went well on Monday, she said.

“It was wonderful,” Ellem said.

Recipients were required to remain for 15 minutes as a precaution, Ellem said. Most of the side effects experienced included injection site soreness, she said.

The initial class of citizens receiving the vaccinations are in Phase 1A, Ellem said.

The class includes: health care workers and those routinely involved with COVID-19 patients; residents and staff at nursing homes and assisted living facilities; patients and staff at psychiatric hospitals; people with developmental disabilities and mental health disorders including substance use disorders, who live in group homes, residential facilities or centers and staff at those locations; residents and staff at veterans homes; and EMS responders.

Additional vaccination events are planned and are being organized, Ellem said. Who will receive a vaccination also is being organized, she said.

“Someone just can’t show up and expect a vaccination,” Ellem said.

The process will be repeated when the second dose of the vaccines are administered, she said.

Phase 1B of the state vaccination plan includes residents 65 and older, those living with severe congenital or early-onset medical disorders; and, with the goal of in-person school by March 1, adults who work in schools.

So far, 1,254 people have been vaccinated in Washington County, or 2.09 percent of the population, as of Saturday, according to the latest numbers on the Ohio Department of Health COVID-19 dashboard.

The dashboard is broken down by age groups: 0-19, 6; 20-29, 151; 30-39, 214; 40-49, 217; 50-59, 274; 60-69, 211; 70-79, 90; 80 and above, 91. By sex, there were 886 women, 354 men and 14 unknown vaccinated.

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