Kenton-Hardin Health Department Partners with Hardin County EMA on Phase 1B of COVID Vaccinations
January 12, 2021- (Kenton, OH)- In conjunction with Ohio’s statewide efforts to distribute COVID-19 vaccines to Ohioans in Phase 1B starting the week of January 19, Kenton Hardin Health Department and Hardin County EMA are partnering to lead the vaccination efforts. The combined knowledge and decades of training will allow these agencies to continue to serve our local community as we work to vaccinate Ohioans in our community.
We will begin vaccination in Hardin County on Wednesday January 20th, by appointment. We are beginning with the 80+ population at this time. If you or a loved one fits the profile to receive their vaccine on the 20th, please call our offices at 419-673-6230 and schedule a time for your vaccine. At this time the vaccine supply is very limited. We will continue to schedule individuals throughout the coming weeks for Wednesday’s at this time, we are receiving on average 100 vaccines weekly, so the distribution will take time. Starting the week of the January 27th we will begin making appointments for the 75+ population, and individuals with severe congenital or developmental disorders. These two clinics are filled at this time. We will begin scheduling for the week of February 3rd we will take 70+ population, and employees of K-12 schools that wish to be vaccinated. Finally, the week of February 10th will be anyone 65+. When a new age group begins, vaccinations will likely not be complete for the previous age group. It will take a number of weeks to distribute all of the vaccine given the limited doses available. The clinics will be located at the fairgrounds in a drive thru fashion, however anyone who has not scheduled an appointment prior to the vaccination day will be turned away, as we are making appointments for the amount of vaccine available. The health department will ask you to state your name and date of birth when arriving to the clinic. The registration form will be available to print and fill out prior to the clinic at our website www.hardinhealth.org/vaccine. While we know that many people in our community are eager to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, we must be patient while demand for the vaccine remains higher than the available supply. As vaccine supply increases, we will be able to vaccinate more of those in Phase 1B, and eventually, all Ohioians who choose to be vaccinated will be able to receive COVID-19 vaccines.
Residents are encouraged to visit www.hardinhealth.org/vaccine. This page will provide the community with information on how to schedule their appointment, and where vaccines can be offered. At this time the health department only has information on our clinic and vaccine available to us. We will continue to work with partners and update the website as needed with information on additional providers in the community. In addition, a statewide vaccine provider search is available beginning January 14 at coronavirus.ohio.gov/vaccine.
Cindy Keller, Health Commissioner for the Kenton Hardin Health Department stated “Our health department is dedicated to keeping our community healthy using prevention, promotion, and education. In addition, health departments have decades of expertise when it comes to preparation and managing mass vaccination clinics. Our experience with vaccinating for the seasonal flu and the H1N1 pandemic, as well as ongoing training, has prepared us for this work.”
Jake Burgbacher, Hardin County EMA Director comments “The Hardin County Emergency Management Agency continues to serve the community as an information and resource support agency. We are committed to engaging with our local health department to ensure they have the support they need to be successful.”
Together, our agencies are well-equipped to lead this effort in our community.