Emergency responders receive first coronavirus vaccines to be administered in Cleveland

Vaccinations begin Thursday morning in Cleveland, the city announced in a release.

Cleveland to first administer COVID-19 vaccine to emergency responders

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Christmas is coming a day early in Cleveland: The first coronavirus vaccines were distributed on the morning of Christmas Eve.

Cleveland Division of Fire Chief Angelo Calvillo was the first Clevelander to receive the vaccine at the city distribution event.

“I didn’t feel a thing,” he said immediately after the vaccination. “We have to believe in the science.”

According to the interim director of the Cleveland Department of Public Health, the initial doses will be administered to the city’s first responders, followed by residents of congregate care settings, such as group homes.

In a Tuesday press conference, Mayor Frank Jackson announced the city had received a shipment of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Approximately 4,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine, which does not require storage in sub-zero temperatures, will first be distributed to Cleveland.

Over 17,000 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the city of Cleveland over a 10-month period.

Chief Calvillo, who is Hispanic, encouraged people of color to be vaccinated for COVID-19.

“Please, get the vaccine. Do it for yourself,” he said. “For your family, for your children, for your grandparents, for the elderly.”

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