DeWine: ‘Very impressive operation’ in Clark County as it sits 10th in state for vaccination rate

SPRINGFIELD — Clark County ranks 10th in the state in vaccination rates, with about 20 percent of the county’s entire populations having already received at least one COVID-19 shot.

“This is a very impressive operation in Clark county,” Gov. Mike DeWine said during his visit to Clark County’s Upper Valley Mall vaccination site. “It’s absolutely phenomenal.”

The county is planning to vaccinate 2,000 people today and about 8,000 over the entire week, officials said.

The governor’s visit today comes as the state moves into Phase 1D and 2B of the vaccine rollout. Phase 1D includes all Ohioans who have Type 2 diabetes and end stage renal disease, which amounts to around 197,000 eligible people. Phase 2B includes Ohioans 50 years and older, which adds about 1.2 million people to the eligibility list.

DeWine said the state will continue to receive between 400,000 to 500,000 vaccine doses on a weekly basis for the next several weeks with the anticipation that the number will increase after that.

“This thing is moving along very well,” DeWine said.

DeWine has made two recent trips to the area including a visit earlier this week at the Bethesda Temple vaccination site on Salem Avenue Monday and a trip Feb. 21 when he visited a vaccine clinic at Thurgood Marshall High School.

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The governor is expected to hold his usual Thursday briefing later in the afternoon.