The first doses of COVID-19 vaccine have reached Ohio.
Gov. Mike Dewine posted on Twitter this morning Dec. 14 that a shipment of the Pfizer vaccine was delivered to the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and UC Health. He said via Twitter that both hospitals would receive 975 doses today.
“Another historic moment,” he said in a post. “The first Ohioans have now been vaccinated against #COVID19 at @OSUWexMed. We wouldn’t be here without the tireless work of scientists, researchers, manufacturers, and the many others who worked hard to get this vaccine to Ohio.”
Another historic moment. The first Ohioans have now been vaccinated against #COVID19 at @OSUWexMed. We wouldn’t be here without the tireless work of scientists, researchers, manufacturers, and the many others who worked hard to get this vaccine to Ohio. pic.twitter.com/8vJELwaRxb— Governor Mike DeWine (@GovMikeDeWine) December 14, 2020
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I just provided an update to the media via Zoom. ⬇ The first vaccines will be administered at @OSUWexMed in about an hour, and we anticipate the vaccine will reach @uc_health in about an hour as well. Both hospitals are getting 975 doses today. pic.twitter.com/kK0IA1BK9x— Governor Mike DeWine (@GovMikeDeWine) December 14, 2020
Marcus Thorpe, Media Relations Senior Consultant with OhioHealth, said they’re happy to be receiving their first shipment of the vaccine tomorrow, Dec. 15.
“We expect to receive just under 2,000 doses and will begin administering the vaccine the morning of Dec. 16,” Thorpe said.
According to a Dec. 4 release from DeWine’s office, this initial, limited supply will be given to healthcare workers and personnel who are routinely involved in caring for COVID-19 patients including: EMS responders, state psychiatric hospital staff and patients, and residents and staff at nursing homes, assisted living facilities, veterans homes and group homes or centers.
According to the release, a second dose for individuals in these groups will be delivered and administered “in the future”. No date has been given for when the general public would have the option to receive vaccinations.
For more information about the COVID-19 state response, visit coronavirus.ohio.gov.