Importance of COVID Vaccines Is Emphasized As Ohio Cancels Health Orders

The latest data shows that 37 percent of Ohioans are now fully vaccinated.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio took its next big step in the COVID-19 pandemic when the state officially lifted its health ordinances overnight – including the mask mandate and social distancing guidelines.

The change, however, comes with the fact that roughly 37 percent of Ohioans are fully vaccinated and nearly 46 percent are receiving at least one dose.

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Now Ohio health officials are at a news conference Wednesday morning on the importance of getting a COVID vaccine. The following were involved in the press conference:

  • Bruce Vanderhoff: Chief Medical Officer of the Ohio Department of Health
  • Patty Manning-Courtney: Chief of Staff, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital
  • Jeffery Swartz: General Practitioner specializing in geriatrics at Mercy Health – Waterville Family Medicine

“The more Ohioans vaccinated, the better we can protect ourselves and each other,” said Dr. Vanderhoff.

After summarizing the effectiveness of the COVID vaccines, Dr. Vanderhoff also addressed concerns about breakthrough infections by saying it was a rare occurrence.

“What I think she [vaccinated people] However, it must be remembered that while vaccines are very, very good, they have never been and never will be 100 percent. There are many factors involved in responding to a vaccine – including the response of your own immune system. “

Dr. Vanderhoff also stressed that we are still in the middle of the pandemic and urged Ohioans to remain cautious. His comments echo those of Governor Mike DeWine, who asks all unvaccinated Ohioans to continue wearing a mask and follow other safety protocols while indoors.

However, a few select orders remain, namely those that require face masks in healthcare facilities and nursing homes. These institutions – as well as elementary schools – are still required to inform residents, students, parents or other relevant parties of positive or likely COVID-19 cases.

You can follow the latest COVID-19 vaccination dates with the following interactive map (the darker green indicates states with the highest vaccination rates):

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