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Vaccine Available To Many More Ohioans Amid Signs Of Reluctance To Get It

10 Mar , 2021  

By Marty Schladen, Ohio Capital Journal

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine on Monday announced that he was again expanding eligibility for the coronavirus vaccine as more and more doses flow into the state.

Starting Thursday, Ohioans over 50, those with type 2 diabetes and those with end-stage renal problems will be able to get one of the three vaccines so far approved by federal authorities. That means more than 1 million additional Ohioans will be eligible.

“As fast as this vaccine is coming into Ohio, we’re ready to get it out,” DeWine said. More…

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Ohio COVID-19 Snapshot For Monday, March 8, 2021

9 Mar , 2021  

Special To 1812Blockhouse

On Monday, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Lt. Governor Jon Husted provided the following updates on Ohio’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

PHASE 1D AND PHASE 2B VACCINATION ELIGIBILITY 

In response to significant increase in the amount of vaccine coming into Ohio, Governor DeWine today outlined the individuals who are included in Phase 1D and Phase 2B of Ohio’s vaccination plan, which will go into effect on Thursday, March 11.

Phase 1D includes approximately 197,000 eligible Ohioans with certain medical conditions not addressed in previous phases, including type 2 diabetes and end-stage renal disease. More…

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Mansfield To Be Home To Mobile Mass Vaccination Clinic

6 Mar , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced on Friday that 15 long-term mass vaccination clinics will open throughout Ohio to significantly expand regional access to COVID-19 vaccines.

The state-sponsored mass vaccination clinics will be located in Lima, Maumee, Dayton, Columbus, Akron, Youngstown, Cincinnati, Chillicothe, Marietta, Wilmington, and Zanesville.

Four mobile mass vaccination clinics will also make rounds in the areas of northwestern and west-central Ohio (Ada), southeastern Ohio (Athens), north-central Ohio (Mansfield), and east-central Ohio (Steubenville). More…

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Ohio To Receive Nearly 450K Coronavirus Vaccines This Week

2 Mar , 2021  

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio will receive nearly 450,000 doses of the coronavirus vaccine this week thanks to the approval of a third vaccine, and the state is expanding eligible recipients to people 60 and over, pregnant women, day care workers, and police officers, among others, Gov. Mike DeWine said Monday.

The Food and Drug Administration on Saturday cleared a Johnson & Johnson shot that works with just one dose instead of two. Mike DeWine said the state will receive 96,100 doses of the vaccine this week.

That will bring to 448,390 total doses available this week in Ohio including Moderna and Pfizer vaccines the state was already scheduled to receive. More…

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How Many Vaccine Shots Go to Waste? Several States Aren’t Counting

25 Jan , 2021  

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by Ryan Gabrielson, Caroline Chen and Mollie Simon, ProPublica

As reports emerge across the country of health facilities throwing out unused and spoiled COVID-19 vaccines, some state governments are failing to track the wastage as required by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, leaving officials coordinating immunization efforts blind to exactly how many of the precious, limited doses are going into the trash and why. More…

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Ohio Officials Not Tracking Rate Of Vaccine Refusals

4 Jan , 2021  

By Marty Schladen, Ohio Capital Journal

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine got a lot of attention Wednesday when he said that 60% of nursing home workers who were offered a coronavirus vaccine refused to take it.

But state health officials on Thursday said there’s no organized effort to track refusals among people they consider so critical that they’ve been given first crack at the scarce vaccines.

In a press conference, DeWine implored people who are eligible for the vaccine to accept it, warning that it could be a long time before they get another chance. That argument might seem pretty compelling, given that a fast-spreading variant of the virus has popped up in two states, ICU beds are filling and the two approved vaccines have trickled out at a rate far lower than the Trump administration promised. More…

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Vaccine Arrives In Ohio; Vaccinations Underway

15 Dec , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

On Monday morning, a standard UPS truck rolled up to the door of The Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center.

On board was some very precious and long-awaited cargo. Outside was the Governor and First Lady of Ohio (see the Governor’s video tweet below).

Arriving was the first of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to arrive in Ohio. Some 975 doses were in this initial shipment, with a corresponding arrival at the University of Cincinnati Health Center.

After warming to room temperature to allow for vaccinations to take place, the first of those took place shortly after noon. More…

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Ohio National Guard Helps State Prepare For COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution

12 Dec , 2020  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

Military and civilian partners form an assembly line around tables and carefully work together to safely transfer glass vials into small boxes. Time is of the essence to keep the vials super cold. The vials are empty now and the packaging assembly lines are just for practice, as the Ohio National Guard works with the Ohio Department of Health to prepare for the arrival of a COVID-19 vaccine.

About two dozen Guard members have been working with the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) at the state’s Receive, Store, and Stage (RSS) warehouse to develop the logistics plan to receive and repackage the vaccine for distribution.

“We’ve been conducting daily drills for several weeks with our civilian partners to safely and effectively handle the vaccine that will be processed by ODH at the RSS warehouse,” said Ohio Air National Guard Chief Master Sgt. Timothy Merle of the 121st Air Refueling Wing in Columbus and the noncommissioned officer in charge of the RSS warehouse mission. “We have to maintain the vaccine at a certain temperature, so time is of the essence.” More…

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