What we know about new COVID-19 variants discovered in Ohio
Ohio State scientists have discovered two new strains of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, here in Columbus.
Prioritization of who receives the vaccine first is guided by federal and state governments. Following Gov. Mike DeWine’s plans for vaccine distribution, we will follow the COVID-19 vaccination phase 1B distribution schedule as follows:
Please note: You must have an appointment to receive a vaccine, and the option to schedule an appointment is only available once the criteria are met. Vaccinations will take place at the Schottenstein Center.
You can also check with your local health department or the Ohio Department of Health to see if other health care providers or retail clinics have vaccine availability.
SARS-COV-2 is the strain of coronavirus that causes COVID-19. It's known as a spike protein. Spikes allow a ribonucleic acid (RNA) strand to enter the body, reproduce and kill healthy cells.
The vaccine contains messenger RNA made with the genetic code of spike proteins. When you're injected with the vaccine, this messenger RNA enters your cells and produces a protein to stimulate an immune response, similar to COVID-19.
Now if you encounter the real virus, your body will recognize COVID-19 and is trained to fight it.
An infectious disease specialist breaks down how mRNA vaccine technology works and why scientists and medical experts are confident in its safety.
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