KETTERING, Ohio (WDTN) — Dr. Jeffrey Weinstein, patient safety officer for Kettering Health is urging people to get the vaccine as cases continue to climb as a result of the Delta variant.

“The virus is out there. It’s spreading rapidly in our counties. If you’re unvaccinated — even people in their 30s and 40s — we’re seeing a lot of people getting hospitalized,” said Weinstein.

Even if you’ve already had the Alpha variant, or other strains of COVID-19, Weinstein said it’s better to be safe than sorry. “The antibody protection that you get from vaccine appears to last a quite a lot longer than protection from having a previous COVID infection.”

Nate Smith, communications coordinator for Clark County Combined Health District (CCCHD), said this week the county has seen more than 30 cases, an uptick from previous weeks. However, Smith said he’s happy to report an uptick in vaccination rates, with over 400 people getting vaccinated in the same time period.

“You see more and more cases, reports of hospitalizations on the increase. Then, the overwhelming data that supports the people most inclined to have a bad outcome as a result of contracting Delta are those who are unvaccinated,” said Smith.

For people who are still undecided about the vaccine, Weinstein suggests getting it now before we see another surge like we did last year. “We’re nowhere near where we were in November, December, January in terms of the numbers, but we could be heading in that direction. We’re very concerned.”