The City of Piqua and Miami County Health Departments received the first round of Moderna COVID-19 vaccines on December 23, 2020, and administered the vaccines to local and surrounding area EMS. Piqua Fire Chief, Brent Pohlschneider, was among the first to receive the COVID-19 vaccination along with other Piqua Firefighters.
Chief Pohlschneider said, “Being able to vaccinate is an important first step in mitigating the spread of the COVID-19 virus. I am supportive of the staff who are willing to get the vaccination.”
With the goals of saving lives and slowing the spread of the virus, the State of Ohio has developed a Phased Approach Vaccination Program. This program includes four phases of distribution.
Phase 1 vaccines will be available in limited supply for specific critical populations. Factors that Ohio is focusing on are those most at risk including healthcare workers and personnel caring for COVID-19 patients. During this first phase of vaccinations, the speed of distribution will largely depend upon the number of vaccine doses available and will not be available for all Ohioans.
Phase 2 will begin when the vaccine amount increases and will be available for other specific critical populations. Vaccinations will not be available for all Ohioans.
In Phase 3-4, the vaccination will be available to all Ohioans. During these phases, the vaccine becomes widely available, and Ohio will continue to strategically vaccinate Ohioans if they choose.
Piqua Health and Sanitation Director Amy Welker stated, “This is an exciting time and should be the beginning of the end to this pandemic. I encourage everyone to get vaccinated as soon as they are able to, to help stop the spread of this virus.”
Citizens can limit their exposure to the virus by following the guidelines provided by the Ohio Department of Health:
- Wear face coverings or masks
- Conduct self-evaluation and stay home if symptoms arise
- Maintain proper social distancing of at least 6 feet
- Avoid high populated gatherings
- Avoid high-risk areas when traveling or only travel when necessary
- Use good hygiene: washing hands, use hand sanitizers, avoid touching your face, cover coughs/sneezes with your elbow or tissues
- Avoid contact with those who are high-risk
For more information regarding the State of Ohio Vaccination Program and active State of Ohio Orders, please visit https://coronavirus.ohio.gov.