Mary Alice Reporting – City council was able to get a first-hand update on the current COVID situation at the New Philadelphia Health Department.

Tuscarawas County, as a whole, has seen 140 coronavirus related deaths, as of Monday afternoon.

At the New Philadelphia council meeting, city Health Commissioner Vickie Ionno relayed that, with the vaccines coming in, there is a “new hope”.

“The problem with this vaccine though is that it’s good frozen for six months, you have to move it to refrigerate it or thaw it when you’re ready to use it. It’s good for 30 days in the refrigerator but once we pierce that vial, we have six hours to use all 10 doses so that means we have to be very precise on how we’re doing this.”

For Moderna, it’s a two-part shot that is administered 28 days apart.

Ionno added that concerns about the vaccine have been forefront due to the seemingly rushed creation.

“This is not new science. It’s been going on for a long time. It’s a messenger RNA (mRNA). It has no live virus. It has no dead virus. It has no whole virus. It has a spike from a virus and that spike will be entered into the body and it fools the immune system to thinking that’s the virus.”

She stressed that, despite the vaccine, folks must continue to practices previous set mandates since there are still unknowns about the virus.

In Ohio, Phase 1A is currently being distributed for frontline workers and Phase 1B has also started to roll out, which includes the elderly and schools.

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