Richland County is holding its own in terms of COVID-19 vaccinations taken, at least as compared to other counties in north central Ohio.
Compared to the state as a whole, however, the county is lagging somewhat behind.
As of Sunday, figures released by the Ohio Department of Health show a continued slowing down of the number of Ohioans receiving initial vaccination shots. In fact, this past month show a drop of over 40% in initial vaccinations versus the same figure for March.
As would be expected, however, numbers of second shots of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines continue strong. It will take another couple of weeks for the current slowdown to be reflected in those figures.
Ohio has had a total of 4,715,308, or 40.34% of its population that has begun the vaccination process, and 3,856,309 Ohioans (32.99%) have completed it.
For Richland County, those figures stand as follows as of Sunday:
Had initial shot — 36,691 (30.28%)
Percentage who have completed the process (two for Moderna or Pfizer; one for Johnson & Johnson) — 26.03%
Richland County has therefore fallen over ten percentage points behind the state number.
Richland’s neighboring counties had the following reported COVID vaccination rates:
The highest rate in Ohio for initial shots is Delaware’s 52.85%; it remains the only county in the state with more than half participating. The lowest is Holmes County’s 13.26%. An NPR article last week discussed why that is the case, and can be listened to below.