How long will it take for the Miami Valley to see the benefits of a COVID vaccine?

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MORAINE, Ohio (WDTN) — Governor Mike DeWine said that vaccines should arrive in Ohio sometime mid-December, something the Secretary of Health and Human Services echoed Tuesday.

With a vaccine so close, how long will it take before the Miami Valley starts to see the impact?

Dr. Roberto Colon, associate chief medical officer for Miami Valley Hospital, said that it will take a lot of people being inoculated for the region to actually see the effects of the vaccine. Giving that many people the vaccine will take some real time.

DeWine said frontline workers would be the first to receive a vaccine when it arrives, but Colon said that without knowing the actual numbers, it’s not likely that we’ll have enough to inoculate all healthcare workers in the region.

According to the Greene County Health Department, it’s not clear yet how the vaccines will be divided throughout the state.

“It’s very dependent on the company getting the Emergency Use Authorization from the FDA before we could really start to speculate what portion of 30,000 doses will come specifically to Greene County,” said GCHD Vaccine Planner Team Member Sheryl Wynn. 

Right now Greene County anticipates health care workers, first responders and nursing home facilities are among the top priorities. If things go on track, vaccines could be fully distributed to the general U.S. population by April

“Once they get through those phases, really aiming towards reducing the morbidity and really reducing those high risk categories initially, it might be in the first quarter of 20-21,” said Wynn. 

GCHD says they do believe if enough people get vaccinations that it can stop the spread, but ultimately, getting the vaccination is a personal choice.

“Over decades there have been diseases highly virulent that have been eradicated or brought down to nearly nothing through the vaccination process so it is a proven science that vaccines work,” said Wynn. 

The production of vaccines while still in the trial phase is something that has never been done before according to Greene County, but it was made possible by federal government funding.

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