Shelby Mayor Steve Schag this week provided an update on the availability of coronavirus vaccines in Shelby.
“We have ample supply, and we surely want to do the best we can to reach the citizens here in Shelby right in the same city just minutes away,” Schag said of the Shelby City Health Department. “It couldn’t get any handier.”
Shelby received its first coronavirus vaccine shipment on Jan. 13 when Moderna shots arrived. They were followed by Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines.
As more vaccines have arrived, the city of Shelby has been looking the fill its vaccine clinics. Schag was asked if people are not showing up to receive their scheduled vaccines.
“I don’t blame people for putting their name in at two or three places, but if they do find an opportunity to get a vaccine before they were scheduled here, call and let us know that they have received their vaccine,” Schag said in the March 24 interview.
“Their name can be taken off our list because we have them down” (to receive the vaccine), he said. “We list them as coming…Apparently some folks are getting their vaccines at another location. We’re glad they’re getting it. Just let us know so we can fill that slot with some advance notice rather than trying to fill it the same day.”
Schag was asked whether Shelby has had to discard any vaccines for lack of use. “I don’t think we have as of yet, but we’re getting dangerously close to doing that,” he said. “So we are advising the state to allow us to advise them when we want the next shipment to come in.”
Schag noted that the department is working with the Shelby City Schools on the upcoming graduation for the Shelby High School Class of 2021. The ceremony is planned for 7 p.m. May 21 at Skiles Field.
"The more folks who are vaccinated, that will have an impact on how many people we can accommodate," Schag said. "We're encouraging parents and grandparents to make sure they're vaccinated."
While most of Ohio's current vaccine providers are quickly filling all vaccination appointments, some locations are seeing less demand for the vaccine, the state’s governor’s office said in a news release this week.
“In response, Governor DeWine announced that local health departments and hospitals that are having a hard time filling appointments with individuals who are currently eligible for the vaccine may book appointments with anyone 16 years old and older,” the March 22 release said. “Currently, anyone age 40 or older is eligible to receive the vaccine. Eligibility will drop to any Ohioan age 16 and up beginning on March 29. “
Mayor Schag has previously noted that the Shelby City Health Department is pleased to be recognized as a COVID-19 vaccine provider in the area. Those eligible for a vaccine can contact the Shelby City Health Department at 419-342-5226 to begin the appointment process, he added.
Vaccine-provider locations and contact information around the state can be found at vaccine.coronavirus.ohio.gov
A new central scheduling tool for the COVID-19 vaccines in Ohio is available at GetTheShot.coronavirus.ohio.gov
As of March 24, Shelby had recorded 34 COVID-19 deaths during the pandemic that began in March 2020. Shelby, as of March 24, had documented 805 individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 during the pandemic.