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On Wednesday, Allen County residents age 80 and over were able to arrive at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Cable Road in order to receive the vaccine. Allen County Public Health provided the vaccine. After providing the necessary paperwork, seniors were guides to one of many booths to receive their vaccine shot. Residents were happy to receive the shot, and hoped that it will be a return to normal. 

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To help administer the COVID-19 vaccine, the Putnam County Health Department has started a call line to sign up residents. Those 80 years of age or older in Putnam County can now contact the vaccine call line to be put on the waiting list. Eligible residents can call between 9 AM and 2 PM.

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According to the Ohio Department of Health vaccine dashboard, Allen County has seen just over 3-thousand of the Moderna vaccines started. Those being distributed through Allen County Public Health, hospitals, and other vaccine providers. The state set the guidelines of who is eligible in phase 1-A and Phase 1-B and health officials say it’s still a story of supply and demand on how clinics can be handled.

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DeWine says his office has given notice to all hospitals they need to finish vaccinating their staff by Sunday night. The next week, vaccinations will be open to those 80 years old and older. 800 medical providers will give the opportunity to roughly 420,000 Ohioans in that age category. DeWine says because of the scarcity of the vaccine, only 100,000 doses will be available next week. Those doses have to begin given out within seven days.

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As of Sunday, 61 percent of people in nursing homes have gotten their first shot. Although, 60 percent of staff have opted out while 20 to 25 percent of residents have opted out. The department of aging said they're listening to the concerns these opt-outs have. Some are worried about side effects, believe they'll get the virus with the vaccine and some believe the vaccine is too new. Large discussions are taking place to give these people the facts.

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While phase one of the vaccine distribution has begun in West Central Ohio, there are still misconceptions on how the vaccines will affect the body. Last week, Your Hometown Stations talked with Dr. George Trimble, the Chief of Medicine at Van Wert Health, who cleared up misconception regarding how the virus was made, and misinformation spreading throughout social media.

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Mercy Health St. Rita's received and blessed the shipment of 1,300 vaccines Monday afternoon. The hospital has been surveying their employees to find out who would like to receive the vaccine. Those working directly with COVID-19 patients are set to be the first in line.

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Allen County Public Health is reporting that we are receiving the “Moderna” vaccine. They say it is a two-shot dosage with the second 28-days after the first. Health officials say some who have received the vaccine have noticed some pain at the injection site to more severe reactions of those with a history of allergic reactions. They do want people to realize that there is no actual “COVID virus” in the vaccine.