Written By: Ishton W. Morton – December 14th, 2020
Today, Monday, December 14th, 2020 Ohio Governor DeWine said “It’s a very, very exciting day for Ohio!” He continued to say, “This really is the day we’ve been waiting for, it starts the process of the end. We know the end is a long way off but the end now is in sight and it’s a great deal of excitement here.”
Reportedly, today the first COVID-19 vaccine shipments arrived in Ohio after the government gave the final go-ahead to the shots needed to end an outbreak in a country that has recorded more than 16 million COVID-19 cases.
A short moment ago Governor Mike DeWine announced the first shipment of the vaccine arrived in Ohio at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.
The governor said, thusly the first shots will be administered Monday morning.
According to Army General Gustave Perna of Operation Warp Speed with the Trump administration’s vaccine development program said; over the weekend trucks rolled-out as shipping companies UPS and FedEx begin delivering Pfizer’s vaccine to approximately 150 distribution centers across the states. Also, an additional 425 sites will get shipments on Tuesday, and the remaining 66 on Wednesday of this week.
However, initially, roughly 3 million doses were anticipated to be shipped nationwide.
Also, today, Monday, December 14th, 2020 UC Health is one of the first to receive the vaccine. Meanwhile, officials said the healthcare system received one box of 975 doses of the Pfizer vaccine…
Accordingly, UC Health officials said they plan to begin vaccinating front-line health care workers as soon as possible.
Subsequently, earlier this month, DeWine unveiled what he called “Phase 1A” of the distribution plan, detailing who will get vaccinated first and exactly how much of the vaccine is expected in the coming weeks and months.
Those in the first phase include:
- Health care providers and personnel routinely involved with the care of COVID-19 patients
- Residents and staff at nursing facilities
- Residents and staff at assisted living facilities
- Residents and staff at Ohio’s veterans homes
- Patients and staff at psychiatric hospitals
- People with intellectual disabilities and those who live with mental illness who live in group homes and their staff
- EMS responders
However, DeWine said, on Tuesday, eight other hospitals in Ohio will be receiving approximately 975 more doses of the Pfizer vaccine.
DeWine is full of energy and enthusiasm as it relates to the First COVID-19 vaccine arrives in Ohio and how it will be distributed.
Moreover, DeWine acknowledged that these shipments will not be enough to cover the individuals laid out in the first phase of the vaccination process, but it is a start.
Furthermore, DeWine continued to say; on Tuesday, December 22nd, 202o he is anticipating another shipment of approximately 201,000 vaccines from Moderna.
Again, these will be going to 98 hospitals and 108 health departments. Hospitals will vaccinate those dealing with COVID patients. Health departments will vaccinate people like EMS and other essential workers.
Additionally, on Tuesday, December 22nd, 202o the governor said the state expects another shipment from Pfizer. The tentative number of vaccines in this shipment is 123,000. These will go to Walgreens and CVS Pharmacy for vaccination of those in congregate care settings.
Also, in a few days later, Ohio expects to get another 148,000 vaccines from Pfizer and 89,000 vaccines from Moderna.
As supply increase, Ohio will move into phase two, three and four where more Ohioans will be able to get the vaccine.
According to DeWine and the Ohio Department of Public Health, Ohio will move into phase two once the vaccine is more available for other specific critical populations who choose to get vaccinated.
Thusly, the state will move into phase three and four once the vaccine is widely available to Ohioans.
Inspire of all this good news and progress, there is still enormous skepticism, unconvinced attitudes, and doubts relative to being inoculated with these vaccines. Seemingly, in response DeWine had this to say; the state will continue to strategically vaccinate Ohioans if they choose to get vaccinated.