So far, city staff and volunteers have given more than 15,000 vaccinations, with about 1,100 people visiting the drive-through clinics each week. Last Thursday, only 220 receiving shots were getting their first doses, with about 950 getting their second.
Tarin Lauer, Audrey Amburgy, and Co-owner Amy Hyde-Klaiber stand with coconut, apple and banana cream pies at Hydes Restaurant in Hamilton on Pi Day, Tuesday, Mar. 14. GREG LYNCH/STAFF
Only 21 percent of people in areas of Lindenwald living within the 45015 zip code have been vaccinated, Farrar said. “We’ve actually gone door-to-door and knocked, and had some of our volunteers help people register.”
As of last week, 32.9 percent of people in the county had been vaccinated once, with 19.9 percent fully vaccinated.
Farrar said of residents who are 80 or older, an estimated 71.4 percent have been vaccinated. For those 75-79, the rate was 72.5 percent; and those 70-74, the percent was 76. For those 65-69, the rate was 69 percent.
Vaccination rates dipped from there for younger people.
“We really want to hit that 70-percent-ish coverage to get to that herd immunity,” Farrar said.
The Thursday fairgrounds clinics happen each Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., using sign-up from Hamilton’s website or by calling the city.
“We had the PROTOCOL meeting on Monday where we talked to them to try to gather some feedback on a good Lindenwald location,” said city spokesman Brandon Saurber. “We’re going to work to do a pop-up (vaccination site) somewhere there.”
People wanting shots should “keep an eye on our website,” Saurber said. “We’ll be posting all those pop-up clinics and opportunities.”
There have been more than 37,858 COVID cases across Butler County, including 1,245 hospitalizations. At least 572 county residents have died. Hamilton itself has had more than, 5,450 cases, is averaging just over 50 new ones per week, and has seen 138 deaths.