Phizer vaccine

Vial of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, needles, alcohol prep pads, and bandages are part of the regimen for vaccinations.

ASHLAND — The Ashland County Health Department has partnered with Discount Drug Mart to administer COVID-19 vaccines on Dec. 28, according to a news release issued earlier this week.

The first and second shots for people aged five and above will be available at the pharmacy from 1 to 6 p.m. The clinic will also offer booster shots. 

The health department urges patients to make appointments by visiting the state's website, however, walk-ins are welcome.

The health department will give $100 gift cards to people receiving their first dose.

"So please, with the holiday season upon us, the best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is to get vaccinated or get a booster if you are eligible," the press release states.

"COVID-19 vaccines have been proven safe and effective and can reduce the risk of getting and spreading the virus. The vaccine can also help children and adults from getting seriously ill if they do get COVID-19."

The health department's collaboration with the pharmacy and its plea for people to get inoculated comes on the heels of a new variant, omicron, that is reportedly contributing to an influx of cases around the world. 

Ohio saw 15,989 new and confirmed probable cases on Dec. 23. This is a single-day record of the pandemic for the state. State data indicate 28,277 have died from the virus so far.

State numbers show 54.6% of people are fully vaccinated in Ohio. That number is 39.4% in Ashland County.

So far in December, Ashland County has seen 783 cases, 39 hospitalizations and nine deaths. Numbers last December amounted to 1,283 cases, 47 hospitalizations and 33 deaths.

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