DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — Ahead of the potential approval of a COVID-19 booster shot by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), many county health workers in the Miami Valley are gearing up for whatever could come their way.
“Plans are to try and have our clinic up and running by the 15th of September, so we can just trial it with the current first and second doses we’re giving right now at the health district. As well as the immunocompromised third doses we’re giving as well,” said Clark County Combined Health District Commissioner Charles Patterson.
Patterson said that unfortunately Clark County continue to see a spike in cases, with eight straight weeks of case increase since July 2. “Last week our cases were over 500 cases per the week. That’s as high as we had back into January and February of last year.”
Dan Suffoletto, public information supervisor for Public Health – Dayton & Montgomery County, said he and his team are also ready to give booster shots if approved. “Starting next week public health will be offering vaccination clinic five days a week — Tuesday’s through Saturday — and that’ll be various locations throughout the county.”
Suffoletto said only 51 percent of people in the county have been vaccinated, which is why Public Health has teamed up with the Ohio Department of Health to bring $100 dollar gift card incentives to encourage people to get their first dose.
“This vaccine incentive is being offered in partnership with the Ohio Department of Health in order to motivate people who may be procrastinating, may be on the fence, or just haven’t gotten vaccinated yet,” Suffoletto said.
Like Suffoletto, Patterson said if the booster is approved by the CDC, this will help with lowering cases. “It will give us at least a month or two of a high level of reaction with antibodies so that those can work right away and prevent spread of the infection.”
Though White House Chief Medical Advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci believes Pfizer’s booster dose could see approval by Sept. 20, Moderna could see delays on their booster release date.