CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson held a briefing on Tuesday afternoon to provide an update to the city’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout.
The mayor and director of the city’s health department said 1,767 of the 6,500 available vaccine doses, or approximately 27%, have been administered.
“It’s failed from the top on down,” Mayor Jackson said about the slow and criticized process of distributing the COVID-19 vaccine.
Mayor Jackson said the dispensing of vaccine doses has been slow because the city has been following CDC and Ohio Department of Health guidelines pertaining to who can receive the shot first.
According to the mayor, residents in Cleveland will be eligible to receive the vaccine from the city’s health department,
The city’s first doses of the vaccine were administered on Christmas Eve to Cleveland emergency responders.
Mayor Jackson said preparations are being made to expand the eligibility of those who can receive the vaccine, including individuals above a certain age or with specific severe disorders.
The Moderna vaccine, which does not require storage in sub-zero temperatures, was first received by Cleveland in December.