In conjunction with Ohio’s statewide efforts to distribute COVID-19 vaccines, Wyandot County Public Health, Wyandot Memorial Hospital, and Wyandot County EMA are partnering to lead local vaccination efforts. The combined knowledge and decades of planning and training together will allow us to serve our local community as we work to vaccinate Ohioans in our community.
In accordance with state guidance, Wyandot County will begin vaccinating our most vulnerable citizens next week, those that are 80 years or older. Additional groups of Ohioans will be eligible for vaccinations as follows;
The week of Jan. 25: Ohioans 75 years of age and older; those with severe congenital or developmental disorders.
The week of Feb. 1: Ohioans 70 years of age and older; employees of K-12 schools that wish to remain or return to in-person or hybrid models.
The week of Feb. 8: Ohioans 65 years of age and older.
Individuals wanting to be vaccinated are encouraged to register through wyandotgetvaccinated.com. For those without internet access, we recommend they seek help registering from a family member or friend, or if you are 60 years or older you can contact the Wyandot County Council of Aging for assistance. By registering, health department staff will be able to identify individuals that meet the state’s criteria for vaccination and contact them directly with information regarding where and when they can be vaccinated. In addition to scheduling appointments for Health Department clinics, Wyandot Public Health will also be scheduling individuals for vaccinations through Wyandot Memorial Hospital.
According to Jamie Crawford, Director of Nursing for Wyandot County Public Health, pre-registering is required to get vaccinated through the health department at this time. “Due to the limited number of vaccine doses available, the most efficient way for us to provide vaccinations will be to contact individuals directly, and schedule appointments. This will allow us to spread vaccination appointments throughout the day, which should reduce clinic wait times for the public, and help assure that enough doses of vaccine are available for those that attend,” said Crawford. “Once a person has registered with the health department, they will be contacted directly with instructions regarding a time and place they can receive the COVID-19 vaccine.”
Vaccinations will also begin to be available locally through some pharmacies. The first local pharmacy approved, beginning the week of January 19, as a vaccination provider is Drugmart in Upper Sandusky. In order to receive a vaccination through the Drugmart Pharmacy, individuals must call the local store at (419) 294-5900 to schedule an appointment. Information will be provided to the general public through local media as additional local pharmacies and healthcare providers are approved to administer the vaccinations.
The Health Department wants the public to understand that vaccines are in short supply in Ohio and across the country. At this time we expect to receive hundreds, not thousands, of doses locally per week; consequently, when a new age group begins, vaccinations may not be complete for the previous age group. Due to these factors, local agencies urge the public to be patient as we begin a new phase of providing COVID-19 vaccinations in Wyandot County.