We have seen a recent rise in the number of positive COVID-19 cases in Ohio and throughout the country; mainly due to the Delta variant. It would be naïve for us as a City and community to think that we are out of the woods with COVID-19 and are immune to spikes as well.
According to the Ohio Department of Health, as of July 27, 2021, only 46.2% of the population in Ohio over the age of 12 has been fully vaccinated, which means that a majority of the population remains at risk. It is your choice whether or not you wish to get vaccinated, however please consider that 99.5% of the COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths in the US are unvaccinated people. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Ohio Department of Health and multiple infectious disease experts, "The COVID-19 vaccines are the most effective and important tool to reduce COVID-19 transmission and the spread of variants like the highly transmissible Delta variant. Furthermore, ongoing clinical trials show that the COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective at preventing serious disease and death. It is rare that fully vaccinated people become infected with COVID-19. In fact, a recent CDC report found that they may occur in just 0.01% of all fully vaccinated people (CDC, 2021; ODH website, 2021).”
There is still a lot we are learning about COVID-19 vaccines. However, the CDC and other infectious disease experts continue to review evidence and update guidance. We don’t know how long protection lasts for those who are vaccinated. We do know that vaccines are safe and effective against getting seriously ill from COVID-19 and that none of the COVID-19 vaccines can make you sick with COVID-19 (CDC, 2021).
Along with getting vaccinated, it is still imperative that we all continue to monitor our own health every day before we go out in public, go to work, or socialize with our friends and family. More specifically, continue to monitor for any COVID-19 or flu-like symptoms. Please be considerate to other people and if you wish, continue to wear a mask when around other people (especially indoors), practice social distancing, wash your hands regularly, and maintain your daily health checks; especially if you are not vaccinated.
For more information on this or any other public health issue, please visit the CDC and ODH websites.