Monday , 27 September 2021

For Fully Vaccinated Ohioans, Getting Back to Normal Starts Now

Lorain County, Ohio – On May 17, the Ohio Department of Health amended COVID-19 related orders to follow newly updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). According to the CDC, it’s now safe for fully vaccinated people to return to most activities without wearing a mask. Lorain County Public Health (LCPH) Health Commissioner Dave Covell, MPH, RS acknowledges, “Even though we’ve longed to get back to normal, some people face increased anxiety as we collectively return to pre-pandemic activities. Let’s be kind and encouraging as we get back to normal.”

Local businesses may have their own rules regarding health behaviors. “If a business asks you to wear a mask in their establishment, please respect their wishes,” says Covell. When businesses decide whether to require masks or other health and safety measures, they might consider the COVID-19 caseload in Lorain County, the probable vaccination rate of their employees and the amount of time customers spend in their businesses. Local businesses can download updated signs at loraincountyhealth.com/covid19resources.

Unvaccinated people are still vulnerable to COVID-19. If it has not been two weeks since the last dose of your COVID-19 vaccine, continue to mask up, keep six feet apart and avoid gatherings. “If you haven’t been vaccinated yet, get a vaccine,” says Covell.

LCPH continues to provide COVID-19 vaccinations at no cost for people aged 12 and older. Walk-in or make an appointment at LorainCountyHealth.com for a shorter wait time and guaranteed vaccine. People with limited internet access can make appointments by phone, in English and Spanish. Dial 211 to be connected to an appointment scheduling partner.

Ages 12+, get the two-dose Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine by appointment or walk in:

  • May 22, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at LCCC Ewing Field House, 1005 Abbe Road N, Elyria
  • May 25, 2 – 6 p.m. at Lorain County Public Health, 9880 S Murray Ridge Road, Elyria
  • June 8, 2 – 6 p.m. at Lorain County Public Health, 9880 S Murray Ridge Road, Elyria
  • June 15, 2 – 6 p.m. at Lorain County Public Health, 9880 S Murray Ridge Road, Elyria

Ages 18+, get the one-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine by appointment or walk in:

  • May 19, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. at T3 Performance, 1965 Recreation Ln., Avon
  • May 22, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Southview Middle School, 2321 Fairless Drive, Lorain
  • May 25, 2 – 6 p.m. at Lorain County Public Health, 9880 S Murray Ridge Road, Elyria

Ages 18+, get the two-dose Moderna COVID-19 vaccine by appointment or walk in:

  • May 19, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. at T3 Performance, 1965 Recreation Ln., Avon
  • May 22, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at LCCC Ewing Field House, 1005 Abbe Road N, Elyria
  • May 22, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Southview Middle School, 2321 Fairless Drive, Lorain
  • May 26, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Lorain County Fairgrounds, 23000 Fairgrounds Road, Wellington
  • June 5, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Elyria High School, 601 Middle Ave., Elyria
  • June 5, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Lorain High School, 2600 Ashland Ave., Lorain
  • June 19, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Lorain County Public Health, 9880 S Murray Ridge Road, Elyria

“The last year has been a big reminder that we all need kindness. So, let’s continue to show kindness to ourselves and others,” encourages Covell. If fears and anxieties are impacting your sleep patterns or keeping you from doing the things you love, talk to your doctor or a mental health professional. Call the Ohio CareLine at 1-800-720-9616 to speak with a good listener. The Ohio CareLine provides free, confidential support, 24/7.

Before discarding masks, consider keeping one or two of them. “Since we now know how effective masks are at slowing the spread of respiratory diseases, keep at least one mask for flu season,” says Covell. Wearing a mask while feeling under the weather may help protect those around you from the flu.

For local, up-to-date information on COVID-19, visit LorainCountyHealth.com/coronavirus. For more information on how we make your health & safety our priorities, contact Lorain County Public Health at 440-322-6367 or visit LorainCountyHealth.com. Follow your local health department on Twitter @LorainCoHealthFacebook, or YouTube.

 

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