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City of Cleveland runs out of vaccine just one day after beginning of Phase 1B

Published: Jan. 20, 2021 at 9:41 PM EST
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) -Just one day after Phase 1B of Ohio’s vaccine rollout began, the City of Cleveland is out of doses.

In a pre-recorded audio statement on the city’s new vaccine hotline, residents were greeted Tuesday with the surprising news.

“Doses provided to the Cleveland Department of Public Health for Phase 1B, that’s residents 80 years and above, are no longer available,” the message reported.

A 19 News request seeking more information from the mayor’s communications team was not fulfilled.

It’s unclear how many doses the city received, how many patients were given the shot, or how many people are currently awaiting the shot as part of the Phase 1B plan.

The hotline, which was launched this week, offers residents an opportunity to speak with a representative.

“The shipment we received was shorter than we anticipated,” a representative said. “We’re not going to stop taking those individuals’ names and getting them logged. We just know that it’s probably going to be somewhat of a delay.”

There are a number of other agencies, including area pharmacies, that are also registering eligible patients for the vaccine.

A comprehensive list of providers can be found here.

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