Sign up with county for vaccine registry; vaccine delivery is slow

Summit County received 3,100 doses of COVID-19 vaccine and started vaccinating people in the 1A category on Dec. 26. This is the group of individuals who are considered the most at-risk for contracting the virus.

Summit County Health Commissioner Donna Skoda announced that the department has established a vaccine registry for those who would like to be vaccinated in the future:

“There will be only a limited supply in the early stages of distribution until production catches up with the demand. … This registry will help us reach those who would like to be vaccinated,” Skoda said.

“There is no guarantee at this time that every group listed in Phase 1A of the Ohio Vaccination Program will be able to receive the vaccine from Summit County Public Health. We will distribute the vaccine as it becomes available, and at this time, we do not have a good picture of how many doses will be sent or when those shipments will arrive,” said Skoda.

As SCPH waits to vaccinate priority individuals, the department asks that the public continue to engage in the following safe and effective behaviors to reduce the spread of COVID-19:

 Stay home if you’re sick, even with mild symptoms.

 Be mindful in your interactions with others. Limit your chances of exposure by maintaining social distancing of at least six feet from non-household members.

 Wear a mask in public.

 Consider necessary travel only.

 Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

 Use hand sanitizer frequently.

 Avoid touching your face.

 Cover coughs and sneezes.

For more information, call the COVID-19 call line at (330) 926-5795. The line is open from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday though Friday.