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Seneca County health officials share COVID-19 vaccine update as 8% of residents have received shot Staff




Seneca County Health Commissioner Beth Schweitzer

Tiffin, Ohio — Seneca County health officials on Wednesday provided an update on the COVID-19 vaccination process in the county.

During a Facebook Live press conference, Seneca County Health Commissioner Beth Schweitzer said as of Wednesday afternoon, 1,511 first doses and 348 second doses of the vaccine have been administered in the county.

According to the Ohio Department of Health’s coronavirus dashboard, 8.28% of the Seneca County population have started the vaccination process, meaning that they have received at least one valid dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. The same dashboard states that 2.88% of the county have completed the vaccination process, receiving all recommended vaccine doses and being considered fully immunized.

Schweitzer said that the available supply of vaccines is still not meeting the county’s demand, but added that it is a widespread issue throughout the state.

“I would say that all the counties in the state are in the same situation that we are, wanting more vaccines for our citizens but getting what’s available to give us,” Schweitzer said. “And they determine that somewhat on our population. In fact, about 90% of that decision is made on population.”

According to Schweitzer, Seneca County has received about 100 to 200 doses per week since the vaccine distribution process began.

During the press conference, Schweitzer thanked individuals who have volunteered to help the health department during the vaccination process.

“We’ve had students from Sentinel Career Center, the health profession students as well as the public safety students, who have helped us with taking calls off of the phone we’ve received, messages we’ve received,” Schweitzer said. “They’ve helped by filing charts that need to be filed that we just have not had the time to get to because of doing vaccinations, and also helping make some follow-up phone call reminders about when appointments are scheduled. We’ve also had a group, a community group, that banded together probably two months ago… And they have been super in getting us volunteers.”

Schweitzer said the health department “really appreciates” the volunteers, including retired employees, and called the process a “community effort.”

Additionally, Schweitzer said residents who are eligible to be vaccinated in Phase 1A or Phase 1B of the process and would like to have their name put on a waiting list for the vaccine can register online at the health department website, or call the department at (419) 447-3691 extension 6355. For more information on phase eligibility, visit the health department website here.

Anyone who was previously placed on the Seneca County General Health District’s vaccine waiting list and has since received the vaccine from another provider is asked to call the health department and request that your name is taken off the list.

You can watch the Seneca County General Health District’s press conference below: