Ohio to have 420,000 COVID-19 vaccines by Christmas, DeWine says

Gov. DeWine gives update as COVID-19 vaccine deliveries continue

COLUMBUS, Ohio (FOX19) - With COVID-19 vaccines continuing to be distributed to Ohio’s frontline healthcare workers, Gov. Mike DeWine outlined the time frame for when more will arrive.

During the first week, Dec. 14-20, Ohio will receive 98,475 doses of the vaccine from Pfizer, according to DeWine. Pfizer will be sending another 123,000 next week.

Ohio will also receive more than 200,000 COVID-19 vaccines from Moderna next week, the governor said.

The state will have 420,000 doses of the vaccine by Christmas, DeWine said. More vaccines will be coming during the week of New Years when Pfizer sends 148,000 and Moderna sends 89,000 doses.

UC Health continues to administer vaccines for the second day in a row. On Tuesday, COVID-19 vaccines were given to healthcare workers at West Chester Hospital.

Local health departments are now receiving instructions on how to vaccinate congregate care residents and staff at nursing homes and assisted living facilities, who are not enrolled in the federal long-term care pharmacy programs or are not registered as providers themselves.

For local health departments, who have registered as providers, DeWine expects them to start getting COVID-19 vaccines.

Gov. DeWine said local health departments should prioritize getting these groups vaccinated during the first phase:

  • Healthcare providers and personnel routinely involved with the care of COVID-19 patients.
  • Residents and staff at nursing or assisted living facilities, veterans homes, and psychiatric hospitals.
  • People with intellectual disabilities and those who live with mental illness who live in group homes and their staff.
  • EMS responders

As vaccines roll out, the Ohio Department of Health reported 74 more people were admitted to the ICU in the past day. That is the highest number of new ICU admissions in the last 21 days, according to ODH.

Gov. DeWine said there are more patients in the ICU right now than the total number of all hospitalizations during the previous peak during the summer.

614 people had to be hospitalized since 2 p.m. Monday, the ODH data shows. To date, 32,878 people have been hospitalized because of COVID-19.

Another 103 Ohioans died from COVID-19, the ODH reported Tuesday. Now, 7,654 people in the state have died from the virus.

The ODH reported 8,755 new COVID-19 cases, which brings the state’s overall total to 579,357.

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