Columbiana County health officials warn of low vaccination rates, variant concerns

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LISBON, Ohio (WKBN) – Officials with the Columbiana County Health District made a plea Wednesday for residents to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

“It’s concerning, you know, there are other communities across the county that have low vaccination rates like we do, similar to ours actually… and they have had outbreaks. So that’s something we are taking to heart. We want to make sure we can educate the public on the risks of not being vaccinated,” said Laura Fauss of the Columbiana County Health Department.

Out of all county residents, 35% are fully vaccinated. Compared to neighboring counties, this is the lowest. Mahoning County is at 44.3% for fully vaccinated residents, while Mercer County follows with 43.7% and Trumbull County stands at 42.6% vaccinated.

“Just yesterday, we put out a campaign with our vaccination partners so we have a PSA on education, why vaccines are important and also a commercial,” Fauss said.

The new push is based on the Delta variant that is spreading across the country and has been in Ohio for several months, according to county health officials.

Citing statistics from the Centers for Disease Control, 99.5% of COVID-19 cases in the United States are among the unvaccinated. Out of all Ohio residents, 45% are fully vaccinated.

There is currently no shortage of the Johnson & Johnson, Moderna or Pfizer vaccines in Columbiana County.

“Now that we got lots of vaccines available, we just need to push the education and that is what our angle is now,” Fauss said.

The health department has also been working with the Columbiana County fair board to ensure the health and safety of everyone attending. The health department will have a vaccine clinic on the fairgrounds. The fair runs for August 2-8.

More information on how to get vaccinated can be found on the health district’s website or you can call 211.

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