COVID-19 vaccine injection

ASHLAND — Ashland City Schools will host a vaccine clinic Wednesday for students over the age of 12, staff and family members.

The first dose of the Pfizer vaccine will be administered from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Ashland High School, 1440 King Road.

The second dose for those injected this week is scheduled for the same time and place on Oct. 18. 

Patients are encouraged to park in the high school’s large front lot and enter through Entrance C for registration in the gym. 

Those receiving the shot who are under 18 must be joined by a parent, according to a flyer the district published.

To register, call 419-282-4335. Those with questions are asked to call the district at 419-289-7968.

At least 38% of Ashland County’s population has received the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, according to the latest data from the Ohio Department of Health.

The county has experienced 1,212 cases of COVID-19 since July, with 630 cases, 55 hospitalizations and 10 deaths in August alone.

September has brought 437 cases, 19 hospitalizations and one death.

The district’s vaccine clinic comes hours before the school board is scheduled to meet to potentially require masks indoors and on buses temporarily and update its quarantine protocols.

There have also been 250 community members sign an online petition urging school leaders to require the wearing of masks inside, among other suggestions to fight against the spread of the virus.

As of Tuesday, the school district reported three staff members and 34 students as active COVID-19 cases.

The federal Food and Drug Administration approved the Pfizer vaccine for use in people age 12 and above on Aug. 23.

The pharmaceutical company has sought FDA approval for use in children 5- to 11-years-old and Reuters reported recently that top health officials believe that approval could come as early as the end of October.

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