Health officials say all 3 different vaccines have been shown to be effective in fighting variants of the COVID-19 vaccine.
TOLEDO, Ohio – There are now multiple variants of COVID-19 across the country, and doctors say the first variants are here in northwest Ohio.
On Tuesday, local health officials announced they had found a new strain in Lucas County.
“(This) started in the UK. It’s the British variant and now it came to the United States and unfortunately they found it in Lucas County – Lucas County Health Department.
This came as no surprise to the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department.
But dr. Kevin Casey, the chief clinical officer of Mercy Health Toledo, said there was hope with the vaccine.
“So far they haven’t found any (variant) that I know the vaccine won’t fight,” Casey said.
Although Casey and Zgodzinski understand this might sound worrying and scary, they hope to allay any fears the news might create in people.
“(The variant) seems to be more contagious. It doesn’t seem that deadly, but it can still make you very sick. And still (you would) have the same symptoms. It’s still the coronavirus. It’s still a COVID- 19 virus, “said Casey.
For this reason, doctors and health officials believe it is imperative to get vaccinated as soon as the opportunity arises.
“There are a handful of different varieties and the companies that make the vaccines, if they come across one and test them,” Casey said.
“The vaccines we have out there – all three, Moderna, Pfizer, and Johnson and Johnson – actually seem to hold their own against the variants,” added Zgodzinski.
Dr. Casey says if you’ve already had COVID, he suspects that in most cases you won’t get a new variant.
But with many unanswered questions, he advises getting vaccinated anyway.
“If you had COVID and not the vaccine, how long are you immune? How long is it? How strong is the immunity you get from COVID compared to the vaccine? The evidence we have and our suspicions is that the vaccine protects morals. ” than COVID and your inherent immunity actually do, “Casey said.
He says the best protection against any new variant is to protect yourself against the original form of the COVID-19 virus.
Casey also discussed the upcoming holidays, saying he knew that many people look forward to getting back together with families over Easter.
Casey said people can gather in groups of 10 or less, especially if everyone in the group is fully vaccinated.
If not, wear masks and stay two meters apart.