In a press conference at 11 a.m., Vanderhoff says the risks of getting COVID outweigh the side effects from vaccines.
What he hears most from parents about getting their kids vaccinated, is their concern about myocarditis, or an inflammation of the heart muscle.
But he says that, fortunately, this rare risk is something that most people recover from on their own and is more likely after an actual COVID-19 illness.
“Simply said, the risks of COVID-19 are far worse than any risks from the vaccine. We encourage anyone with concerns about the vaccine to talk to their doctor to get the facts.
He reminds parents that vaccines take 5-6 weeks to be fully effective.
While no mask mandates were given during Monday’s meeting, recommendations are encouraged.
He’s encouraging unvaccinated students and staff to wear masks indoors and stay physically distanced in their classrooms.
ODH recommends talking to your doctor about vaccines if you have questions.