Vaccinations clinics will be available from Tuesday through Friday. Public Health is scheduled to receive 600 doses for next week, 100 doses of which are coming from Kettering Health Network.
Premier Health is receiving 400 doses for vaccinations in Miami County next week. Residents can go to premierhealth.com/vaccine to get more information about registering for the vaccine at Upper Valley Medical Center.
Under Phase 1B, those ages 65 and older, people with severe medical conditions and K-12 school staff will be able to get vaccinated. Anybody eligible for this phase can register now for an appointment when their group becomes eligible.
Miami County Health Commissioner Dennis Propes said the Kroger stores in Troy and Piqua are also receiving an allotment of vaccines to distribute next week but had no details to provide.
The vaccinations are the next step to ending the pandemic and getting back to normal, Propes said.
“These vaccinations will be saving lives,” Propes said. “This is a group that has had to experience the greatest loss and possibly the greatest disruptions in their lives. They’ve had to sacrifice a lot and we will truly be helping save their lives.”
So far at Premier Health, side effects from the vaccine have been minimal, said Dr. Scott Kanagy, chief medical officer at Upper Valley Medical Center. Some patients have experienced joint and muscle discomfort and swelling near the injection site.
He noted that there can be severe reactions, such as difficulty breathing and swelling in the throat, and encouraged anyone with those side effects to seek immediate medical care. Kanagy also said that after a patient receives the vaccine, they are are monitored for a short time period to watch for any side effects.
Lt. Gov. Jon Husted joined the press conference and asked people to remain patient as the state works to distribute a limited supply of vaccines.
Under Phase 1B those ages 65 and older, people with severe medical conditions and K-12 school staff will be able to get vaccinated.
Vaccinations will begin for different Phase 1B groups on the following dates:
- Week of Jan. 18: Age 80 and above
- Week of Jan. 25: Age 75 and above and Ohioans with severe congenital, developmental or an early-onset medical disorder
- Week of Feb. 1: Age 70 and above and K-12 school staff
- Week of Feb. 8: Age 65 and above