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25% of Seneca County residents fully vaccinated against COVID-19: April 21 update

TiffinOhio.net Staff

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Syringes are prepped with the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine before being administered. (Parker Michels-Boyce/ For the States Newsroom.)

Tiffin, Ohio — As of Wednesday, April 21, the Ohio Department of Health is reporting that 25.45% of Seneca County residents have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, for a total of 14,042 people.

Individuals are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after they’ve been given a single-dose shot (Johnson & Johnson) or a second shot (either Pfizer or Moderna), according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

32.82% of Seneca County residents, for a total of 18,110 people, have received at least one dose of the vaccine.

Statewide, 27.54% of the Ohioans are fully vaccinated, for a total of 3,219,444 people.

38.05% of Ohioans have received at least one dose of the vaccine, for a total of 4,447,776 people.

The five counties with the highest percentage of their population fully vaccinated in Ohio as of April 21 are Delaware County (34%), Ottawa County (34%), Wood County (32%), Geauga County (31%) and Putnam County (30%).

You can view these statistics and more at the Ohio Department of Health’s COVID-19 dashboard.

Although cases have plateaued, virus variants are more contagious among those who have not been vaccinated.

“Just because the numbers are getting better and more people are getting vaccinated, the virus is now more dangerous than it was a few months ago for those who haven’t been vaccinated,” said Governor Mike DeWine.

“Unvaccinated Ohioans lack the same protection against this virus as those who are vaccinated,” said Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff, chief medical officer at the Ohio Department of Health. “The virus is now in more contagious forms that put younger people at much greater risk, including the risk of ending up in the hospital. Essentially, the new variants have evolved to stick much more easily to our cells, so it takes less of the virus and less exposure to make one sick.  Add to that the fact that more older Ohioans have been vaccinated, and it adds up to mean that if you’re young and unvaccinated, what may not have been much of a concern to you this fall should be a concern now.”

Dr. Vanderhoff also warned that Ohioans should not count on herd immunity until more people are vaccinated.

The vaccine is now more widely available and there is no shortage. Ohioans can visit gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov to look for open appointments or call 833-4-ASK-ODH to book an appointment over the phone.

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