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Health Commissioner halts additions to COVID-19 vaccine waiting list, apologizes for ‘inconvenience’ Staff




Seneca County Health Commissioner Beth Schweitzer, MPH

Tiffin, Ohio — Seneca County Health Commissioner Beth Schweitzer said that local health officials have had an “overwhelming response” from residents age 65 and older to be put on the waiting list for the COVID-19 vaccine.

Due to such high demand, Schweitzer said all initial spots have been reserved and the health department can no longer take calls in regards to the waiting list at this time.

“We will inform the public when this can be resumed,” the Seneca County General Health District wrote in a Facebook post Wednesday.

On Thursday, the Seneca County General Health District shared a post on social media stating that Schweitzer apologizes to residents for “any inconvenience caused by the decision to cease taking names and numbers at this time for the waiting list for COVID vaccines.”

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced the goals of Phase 1B of COVID-19 vaccine distribution are to save lives and for schools to be fully open by March 1.

“Ohioans in the 65 and older category make up just under 87% of COVID deaths. This is a stunning number, and it’s critical that we protect our older Ohioans,” said Governor DeWine.

In the next phase, vaccines will be available to those who choose to receive them who are 65 years or older or those living with severe congenital, developmental, or early-onset medical disorders.

Additionally, adults working in Ohio’s schools will have the option to receive the vaccine. This is intended to assist schools in returning to in-person learning.

The following Phase 1A members are currently receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.

This phase includes health care workers and personnel, nursing homes residents and staff, assisted living facilities residents and staff, psychiatric hospital patients and staff, people with developmental disabilities and those with mental illness who live in group homes or centers and staff at those locations, Ohio veterans homes residents and staff, and EMS responders.