More Cleveland vaccination appointments open Monday (video)

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine: Thousands of Cleveland vaccination appointments to open Monday

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - More appointments to get the coronavirus vaccine are now available at the Wolstein Center.

People who are 40 years and older are currently eligible for a vaccine. You can register for an appointment at gettheshot.conronavirus.ohio.gov. Those who prefer to book by phone can call 1-833-427-5634 (1-833-4-ASK-ODH).

The mass vaccination clinic at the Wolstein Center is in its second week of operation. It will vaccinate thousands of people a day for a total of eight weeks.

During the first three weeks of the clinic, the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine will be administered; weeks three through six will be for the second dose.

The Johnson & Johnson single-dose vaccine will be given out during the seventh and eighth weeks of the clinic.

“Our goals are to get vaccine’s in people’s arms just as quickly as we can and not have them sitting around anywhere,” DeWine said at a press conference March 14 at the Urban League of Greater Cleveland. “The other goal is to make sure that every Ohioan no matter where they live, no matter what zip code they’re in, whatever their background. Every Ohioan that wants this vaccine has the opportunity to get it.”

Ohio’s mass vaccination clinic at the Wolstein Center officially opened on March 17, after a limited-capacity soft launch the day before, according to a press release from the governor. The clinic is vaccinating 6,000 people a day, seven days a week for eight weeks.

The state has set aside some appointments to be booked via community partner organizations better positioned to reach underserved populations. Those community partners include local church pastors and the Urban League of Greater Cleveland.

“We’re going to do bus loops around to the churches, different places in the community so that we too are signing up independently and helping them overcome the transportation challenges that they may have,” Urban League President Marsha Mockabee said.

The state has been releasing appointment times reserved but not filled by those community partners 48 hours before each clinic date.

Appointments that are canceled will also become available to the public for booking.

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