A few short months ago, demand was so high for the COVID vaccine in Adams County residents had to be put on a waiting list. Several months later, demand is so low that you can get the vaccine on-demand.
“We haven’t seen the demand that we did initially,” Adams County Health Commissioner William Hablitzel told Local 12 News. “Vaccination started out very strong early in the year when we had defined populations, the phases, the Phase 1a and Phase 1b. When it opened up to all age groups up to 18, the numbers declined, and I think some of the sense of urgency was diminished.”
Adams County lags all neighboring counties on vaccine rates. As of Sunday, only 23% of local residents had started the vaccine. By comparison, those numbers are 32% for Scioto County; 30% for Pike County; 26% for Highland County; and 27% for Brown County.
“The vaccine is effective. It works, and it’s safe” Hablitzel told Local 12.
Statewide, over 46% of Ohioans have started the vaccine. Residents can receive the vaccine by contacting the Adams County Regional Medical Center. You can schedule an appointment by visiting gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov or call 937-386-3015.