Ohio’s first COVID-19 vaccine doses administered to front-line health care workers: ‘It starts the process of the end’
CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Gov. Mike DeWine offered encouraging words on Monday morning in a brief statement as the state’s first COVID-19 vaccine doses arrive.
“This really is the day we’ve been waiting for,” Gov. DeWine said. “It starts the process of ‘the end.”
The governor, who previously suggested the state’s first shipment would arrive on or around Dec. 15, said the initial vaccine doses arrived arrived a day earlier on Monday morning to two of the 10 pre-designated hospital sites for distribution.
Health care workers at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center and Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center who work directly with COVID-19 patients first received the vaccine shots.
The eight other pre-positioned hospitals will receive approximately 975 doses each beginning Tuesday.
“These hospitals, along with OSU Wexner Medical Center and the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, were selected based on geography, population, and access to ultra-cold storage capacity,” Gov. DeWine explained.
Beginning Friday, Gov. DeWine expects coronavirus vaccinations in Ohio’s long-term and nursing care facilities to begin.
“I’m pleased to announce that today, the CDC has invited Ohio to participate in an early scaled launch of vaccinations in nursing homes,” the governor said on Monday afternoon. “Ohio will begin vaccination in five to 10 nursing homes starting this Friday, Dec. 18.”
As of Monday morning, the Department of Health said 7,492 Ohioans have died from the coronavirus with at least 562,727 cases reported statewide since the start of the pandemic.
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