Ohio expected to receive 420,000 vaccines by Christmas

Ohio – Ohio is expected to receive more than 420,000 coronavirus vaccines by Christmas, Gov. Mike DeWine announced Tuesday.

This week, Pfizer sent 98,475 doses of the vaccine to the state. Ohio plans to receive another 123,000 doses from Pfizer next week as well as 201,900 from Moderna.

“While supplies are limited right now, we have been told that we will continue to get vaccines through the end of the month,” the governor said.

The week after Christmas, Ohio expects to receive 148,000 Pfizer vaccines and 89,000 from Moderna.

Coronavirus vaccines continued to be delivered to Ohio hospitals today.

Springfield Regional Medical Center received its first batch of vaccines this morning and is planning to administer them to high-risk hospital personnel. It’s one of seven hospitals in Ohio that started receiving the vaccines today.

Kasi Gardner, a nurse in Springfield Regional Medical Center’s progressive cardiac care unit, was vaccinated during DeWine’s press conference.

The state received it’s first doses of the Pfizer vaccine on Monday, with batches going to Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and University of Cincinnati Medical Center.

The hospitals were selected to receive and distribute the vaccine based on geography, population nd access to ultra-cold storage capacity, DeWine said.

Under phase one of the state’s vaccine distribution plan, Ohio is focusing on vaccinating at-risk groups, including health care worker and those caring for coronavirus patients. As more vaccines are available, the state will then vaccinate residents and staff at nursing homes, assisted living facilities, veterans homes and psychiatric hospitals, as well as first responders.

Ohio reported 103 deaths attributed to coronavirus Tuesday, bringing the total to 7,654, according to the Ohio Department of Health.

Cases increased by 8,755 for a total of 579,357.

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