Manufacturers have begun shipping a vaccine to treat COVID-19. Here is some important information from #InThisTogetherOhio:
- Ohio is prepared to distribute safe and effective COVID- 19 vaccines statewide. The goals of the vaccine are to save lives and slow the spread of the virus.
- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, as well as independent medical experts, have ensured that every detail of these vaccines are thoroughly and rigorously evaluated.
- The vaccines that will be distributed have been “shown to decrease the severity of illness in people who catch the virus” and will help “prevent serious hospitalizations and death, and will allow a return to normal,” health officials said.
- Even when the vaccines begin to be distributed it will be important that all Ohioans continue “using all the tools available to help prevent the spread of the virus.” This includes “continuing to wear masks and social distance.”
- The vaccines may cause side effects, but those will be minimal. Most commonly they will be “fatigue, headache, soreness or redness at the injection site, and muscle or joint pain”. These side effects should not prevent people from getting this critical vaccine when the option becomes available to them.
— This information comes from resources provided through the Ohio Department of Health, compiled by Michelle Cecil, Central Ohio Diabetes Association