Cleveland COVID-19 vaccination distribution: city ‘has not and will not’ discard any doses received

Cleveland COVID-19 vaccination distribution: city ‘has not and will not’ discard any doses received
Cleveland Division of Fire Chief Angelo Calvillo receives the first coronavirus vaccine to be distributed by the City of Cleveland. (Source: City of Cleveland)

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - The City of Cleveland Department of Public Health provided a vaccination distribution update as it has been strategically administering doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to individuals identified within Phase 1a of its distribution plan since Dec. 24.

Those Phase 1a individuals at the greatest risk in conjunction with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and the Ohio Department of Health include healthcare workers, long-term care facility residents and staff, as well as residents and staff of other congregate facilities.

As of Thursday, the city has received a total of 6,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine from the State of Ohio.

Vaccine distribution slow in Cleveland

City officials said a total of 660 vaccines were administered to the following Phase 1a individuals as well as some essential City of Cleveland workers from Dec. 24-29:

  • EMS: 115
  • Fire: 280
  • Airport Fire Department: 26
  • Cleveland Police officers: 18
  • Target Phase 1 Population (Non-City of Cleveland Staff): 150
  • POD support staff: 71

The city reopened its Point of Distribution (POD) at Public Auditorium to vaccinate more Phase 1a individuals this week.

Phase 1a individuals scheduled to be vaccinated this week include healthcare staff from Federally Qualified Health Centers, other healthcare providers, medical students, EMTs, and paramedics who would like to receive the vaccine.

As of Thursday, an additional 580 people were vaccinated, according to the city.

City officials anticipate more than 400 individuals will also be vaccinated by the end of this week.

The City of Cleveland said they have not and will not discard any of the doses it has received or will receive.

City officials noted the Moderna vaccine is viable for up to 12 hours once it is transported in a refrigerated state and viable for up to 6 hours once the vaccine is punctured.

To plan for the number of doses needed to be prepped for administration, the CDPH has worked with city departments, divisions, and external organizations to create a schedule of who is expected to receive the vaccine on a given day.

Therefore, if the individuals scheduled do not report to receive the vaccine on their assigned date, the CDPH works with those other departments to identify essential workers who are able and available to receive the remaining doses that day.

The city said it will continue to vaccinate phase 1a individuals over the next few weeks.

Those individuals who already received their first dose are slated to get the second dose of the vaccine starting Jan. 21, or 28 days after they received their first dose.

The city said it will start to vaccinate those that live and work in congregate living facilities starting next week.

A mobile POD will be sent to congregate living facilities to vaccinate individuals with mobility challenges.

The city said it is currently “taking the necessary steps to prepare for vaccinating phase 1b individuals.”

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