DOVER (WJER) (May 2, 2023) – The Tuscarawas County Health Department is hosting a drive-up Covid vaccine clinic this week for residents included in new recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control.
Jennifer Demuth, director of health promotions & community relations, says the clinic Thursday will be for people 65 and older who have not had a booster in at least four months, moderately to severely immunocompromised individuals who have not had a booster in at least two months, unvaccinated persons or for anyone yet to receive the updated booster shot.
“Last September is when the CDC first approved the updated bivalent Covid-19 vaccine updated booster, which protects against the original strain of Covid-19 and the omicron strain,” said Demuth, “so we did have special events at that time, but this will be our first big drive-up event since last fall.”
Demuth says the covid vaccine is encouraged even though Tuscarawas County has been in a low community transmission phase for about 15 weeks in a row now.
“That’s good and that’s why this is an ideal time to get that vaccine so that when the next wave of infection comes, those who get the booster will be more protected against severe illness,” she said.
Demuth says the clinic will be from 1-6 p.m. Thursday at the health department on E. Iron Avenue, by appointment only.
“Allowing for folks to make appointments will make everything run more smoothly so no should have to wait too long,” Demuth said. “We’re making it very convenient, we’ll come right out to the vehicle.”
Appointments can be made by calling the Tuscarawas County Health Department at 330-343-5555, ext. 1740 or 1810.
Demuth says participants should bring their Covid vaccine cards if they have one.