DeWine gives more details into next week’s Phase 1B vaccine rollout

DeWine gives more details into next week’s Phase 1B vaccine rollout

COLUMBUS — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine held his second COVID-19 news conference this week on Thursday afternoon, ahead of the state’s rollout into the next vaccine phase.

DeWine made the following announcements:

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  • 361,000 vaccines have been given as of today.
  • 87% of the COVID-19 related deaths in Ohio have been people 65 years of age or older.
  • As of today, one-third of children in the state of Ohio are in back in school learning remotely.
  • 54% of deaths in Ohio have come out of nursing homes. There are 930 nursing homes in Ohio.
  • Ohio has administered 8% of all vaccinations that have been completed in nursing homes across the country.
  • Vaccine shipments will arrive on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday each week, and individuals 80 years of age or older will be able to get their shots. There will not be enough vaccines for everyone, but the goal is to vaccine as many as possible.
  • There are 425,000 Ohioans who are 80 years and older, but the state expects to receive only about 100,000 doses for distribution next week.
  • Health departments will have specific vaccine locations posted by tomorrow.
  • You can visit coronavirus.ohio.gov to search by zip code or county to find one of the 750 vaccine locations. The site will launch at 8 a.m. in the morning.
  • There are 7,600 new COVID-19 cases as of today.
  • Miami County vaccine appointments have already been filled up.
  • The goal is for individuals 75 years of age or older to begin getting vaccinated January 25th, and then those 65 years of age or older will begin getting vaccinated on February 8th.
  • There is a new Johnson & Johnson vaccine which has been approved in the UK, but it is not currently known when it will be available in Ohio.

On Tuesday DeWine announced additional details on the state’s plan to vaccinate those over 80-years-old in the coming weeks.

To date, 338,778 Ohioans have received a vaccine, which is just under 3 percent of the state’s entire population.