Governor DeWine discusses next phase of COVID-19 vaccine distribution

Published: Jan. 5, 2021 at 5:05 PM EST
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COLUMBUS, Ohio. (WSAZ, WTAP) - Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has given an update on coronavirus vaccines during a press conference on Tuesday.

As of Sunday, 61 percent of the nursing homes have received their first visit from a pharmacy to receive their vaccines. Those who wanted to get one were able to. Only 40% of staff have been taking the vaccine when it’s offered. It’s about 75-80% with residents.

Governor DeWine says starting Friday, many at nursing homes who received their first dose will be getting their second shot. Those who didn’t choose to receive a vaccine in the first round can get their first dose then. The governor says it could be while before there is a another chance for the vaccine.

Right now, Ohio is in Phase 1A of the COVID-19 Vaccination Program. The goals for Phases 1A and 1B include saving lives and protecting the most vulnerable, protecting those who protect us in the healthcare field and get kids back in school by March 1.

Others, known as group 1-B, will be vaccinated according to their risk status due to their medical condition.

It’s projected Ohio will get 175,000 doses in the near future.

Governor DeWine says they’re hoping to start in Phase 1B in about two weeks. However, Phase 1A will continue as needed as Phase 1B begins.

Phase 1B includes K-12 teachers and staff. DeWine adds, however, priority will be given to educators whose schools plan to open to in-person classes.

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