BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – Mahoning County Public Health announced Wednesday there are 1,000 appointments open for a mass vaccination clinic next week at the former Dillard’s location at the Southern Park Mall.
The Moderna vaccine will be administered to those with an appointment on April 23. The follow-up dose is scheduled for May 21.
This comes as health officials are trying to learn more about the pause in delivering COVID-19 vaccines from Johnson and Johnson and scrambling to come up with replacements from the state.
“They are going to replenish us with 1,000 doses of Moderna for next week,” “Said Mahoning County Health Commissioner Ryan Tekac.
That means even though vaccination events at the old Dillard’s in Boardman scheduled for April 17 and 18 had to be canceled, a clinic will still be held Wednesday, April 21.
Tekac said people can make appointments online using the county’s reservation program. Ironically, that same system called ArmorVax created another headache Tuesday just as we were all learning about the nationwide ‘pause’ for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
“An email initially went out notifying individuals of their appointment date to switch over to the, I believe it was, the Austintown Senior Center,” Tekac said.
The email was sent to 800 people who received their first dose of the Moderna vaccine during a soft opening of the mass vaccination site at the Southern Park Mall.
“As soon as we found this out, we reached out to Armorvax to make the correction and for another email to be sent out to the individuals,” Tekac said.
All 800 will now be getting another email 24 hours ahead of their scheduled appointment time reminding them to return to the clinic where they received their first dose to get the second.
Tekac said in spite of the glitch, ArmorVax has worked successfully for both residents and staff.
“If we went back to our old system where we had to make all those phone calls…at least we’re not making phone calls,” Tekac said.
You must be 18 or older to get the Moderna vaccine.
For more information, call 330-270-2855.