Wyandot County Public Health is now offering the 2023-2024 formulation of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to individuals ages 12 and older. The COVID-19 vaccines have been updated to improve protection provided against current variants of COVID-19.
Pfizer, Moderna, and Novavax have all been updated to a 2023-2024 formulation of the COVID-19 vaccines based on the Omicron XBB.1.5 variant of COVID-19. These updated vaccines are recommended for everyone ages six months and older, regardless of previous vaccination against COVID-19. Wyandot County Public Health is providing vaccines only to individuals ages 12 and older and is exclusively offering the Moderna vaccine. Children ages 6 months to 11 years and those seeking either the Pfizer or Novavax COVID-19 vaccine should consult with a primary care provider or other vaccine providers to receive their vaccine.
Eligibility for the 2023-2024 vaccine
All individuals ages six months and older are eligible to receive at least one dose of the 2023-2024 COVID-19 vaccine regardless of previous vaccinations. Generally, one dose of the 2023-2024 COVID-19 vaccine is recommended for people who were previously considered fully vaccinated at least eight weeks after the most recent COVID-19 vaccine.
Some additional doses of the 2023-2024 COVID-19 vaccine are approved for those who are immunocompromised or who have not yet completed the initial vaccination series. The interval between vaccinations may vary from the eight-week period in these cases. Wyandot County Public Health will help assess each individual case to ensure patients receive proper administration recommendations.
Vaccine clinics at WCPH
Wyandot County Public Health will begin administering the COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday, Nov. 8 at the reinstated Walk-In Wednesday clinic from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Walk-in Wednesday Clinics are open only to those 18 and older. Flu vaccines including the high dose for those 65 and older will also continue to be offered during Walk-In Wednesday clinics while supplies last. A Spanish-Interpreter will be available at these clinics from 3-4 p.m.
COVID-19 vaccines are available by appointment to everyone 12 and older on Monday and Friday clinics starting Monday, Nov. 13. Note that Wyandot County Public Health will be closed Friday, Nov. 24 over the Thanksgiving holiday and will not offer vaccination appointments. The public may start scheduling appointments now by calling the nursing division at 419-294-3852.
Vaccine cost and insurance
Due to the end of the public health emergency, COVID-19 vaccine costs are no longer covered by emergency funding. For most people, health insurance should cover the cost of vaccination. Individuals who are underinsured or uninsured may also qualify to receive reduced cost vaccinations.
Individuals should bring their insurance card(s) to Walk-in Wednesdays to ensure the vaccines are covered. Wyandot County Public Health staff will check insurance coverage over the phone when scheduling appointments and for those interested in verifying coverage before attending walk-in clinics.
Get vaccinated and receive a gift card
Ohio District 5 of the Area Agency on Aging has partnered with Wyandot County Public Health to survey willing individuals of any age who receive flu and COVID-19 vaccines through Wyandot County Public Health. Individuals who are vaccinated against the flu, COVID-19, or both are eligible to take the brief Area Agency on Aging survey.
All those who complete a survey will be mailed a $50 gift card by the Area Agency on Aging. Options for gift cards include Giftogram (paperless option), Amazon, Walmart, Kroger, and Target. Individuals who have taken the survey may expect to receive their gift cards around four to six weeks after their vaccination.
COVID-19 at-home test kits
Wyandot County Public Health is currently offering free COVID-19 test kits available for pick up during regular business hours. A one-time special distribution event, Test-giving is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16 at Wyandot County Public Health, 127-A S. Sandusky Ave., Upper Sandusky. This is an opportunity to pick up test kits for the whole family ahead of Thanksgiving travel and get-togethers. Testing before events provides peace of mind that the only thing being passed around the dinner table is delicious food and cheerful conversation. A similar event ahead of the December holidays, Merry Test-mas, is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14.