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Columbiana County health department concludes drive-up clinic

LISBON — The last group of people for now to be getting their second doses of Covid-19 vaccines at the vaccination complex lined up in their vehicles at the drive-thru clinic at the county fairgrounds on Friday.

Due to fewer people requesting the service, the county health department has decided to suspend the service for now. Health Commissioner Wes Vins said he could see them returning to the building in the fall, possibly to hold flu shot clinics or a Covid-19 booster shot that may become necessary due to variants. But at this point those who have been providing the weekly vaccination clinics will be going back to working their regular duties.

“I can’t tell you how thankful we are to have worked with the county fair board and county commissioners to make this a successful operation,” Vins said. “Along with our hospital partners and the CERT team, we’re very proud of what we’ve been able to do here.”

Although there is not enough demand to necessitate a whole day clinic, public information officer Laura Fauss said there remains people searching for vaccines and calling the health department to find them. The health department will continue to offer Covid-19 vaccines at the office and there are many other places in the community to get them. The list of places where vaccines can be obtained is now 27 providers long and available on the county health department’s website or by dialing 211.

Another option is to go to Vaccine Finder, a website at vaccines.gov which provides a search engine for finding the three vaccines within so many miles of your zip code.

The Coronavirus.Ohio.Gov website has a link on the dashboard where those places receiving vaccine doses from the state’s supply can be found.

Get The Shot is a website, also through the Ohio Department of Health, that lists where mass vaccine clinics will be held.

The Columbiana County Health Department is still working with Direction Homes to create a list of homebound residents who want to receive the coronavirus vaccines.

As of Friday, Columbiana County had accumulated numbers of 8,694 cases of coronavirus, with 482 hospitalizations and 229 deaths, according to the Ohio Department of Health. That is an increase of 87 new cases in the past week, up slightly from the 72 new cases the week before, but lower than the 128 new cases a week earlier. It represents two additional deaths attributed to the coronavirus.

In Columbiana County, 32,843 have at least started the coronavirus vaccines, which is about 32.24 percent of the population. Statewide that number is at 40 percent started with 32.4 percent completing the process. In our county, 27,710 have completed the doses of vaccine or 27.2 percent.

Fauss said the county health department has not seen a lot of people getting the first dose but then not returning for the second one, even when people traveled long distances to get them.

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