Summit County addresses vaccination efforts amid change at mass vaccination site


SUMMIT COUNTY, Ohio (WJW) – Summit County leaders spoke Friday about coronavirus in the county.

They discussed ongoing vaccination efforts in Summit County, and the delayed use of Johnson & Johnson at their mass vaccination site in Tallmadge.

Summit County Public Health Commissioner Donna Skoda says appointments to receive the Pfizer vaccine are available Sunday April 18 for anyone 16 and older at the Summit County Fairgrounds.

She says about 1,400 people have an appointment this weekend for the drive-thru clinic, but they are hoping to vaccinate up to 2,500 and are now accepting walk-ins.

Summit County Medical Director Dr. Erika Sobolewski and Summit County Communications Director Greta Johnson along with Skoda discuss the vaccination clinic and the recent pause in Johnson & Johnson vaccines in a Facebook post:

The Summit County Fairgrounds had been exclusively using the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

They made quick changes following the announcement Tuesday that the CDC and the FDA were recommending a pause in the use of the vaccine after a rare blood clotting issue.

It’s affected 6 women ages 18 to 48 out of the 6.8 million people who have received it.

Summit County Public Health announced Tuesday it would switch to the Pfizer vaccine for its vaccinations this weekend.

Just over 38% of residents in the county have started their vaccinations, according to the Ohio Department of Health.

Call 1-833-427-5634 or click here to make an appointment.

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