EMS COVID-19 vaccinations expected to begin next week in some counties

COLUMBUS — Gov. Mike DeWine said more than 561,000 vaccine doses from Pfizer and Moderna are expected to be in the state by the end of the year, with a steady stream of doses expected after that.

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That’s in addition to the 98,475 doses that will be received this week.

SHIPMENT BREAKDOWN:

  • Next Week: 123,000 doses of Pfizer vaccine, 201,900 doses of Moderna vaccine

The Pfizer vaccines will be sent to Walgreens and CVS for vaccination of those in congregate care settings.

The Moderna vaccines will go to 98 hospitals in the state for vaccination of those exposed to COVID-19 patients and to 108 health departments in the state for vaccination of other frontline workers such as those working in EMS.

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Public health departments will begin receiving vaccine doses next week and those local health departments are expected to begin using those doses at congregate care facilities who are not enrolled in the federal long-term care pharmacy programs or are not registered as providers themselves.

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Public health departments also are being asked to prioritize vaccinating other healthcare providers not being vaccinate by hospitals and health systems not enrolled as a provider themselves.

Public Health Dayton & Montgomery County expects to receive about 3,000 doses of a vaccine next week that will initially be used by Public Health to vaccinate EMS workers, said spokesman Dan Suffoletto.

Miami County said it expects to receive a few hundred Moderna vaccine doses next week.

Mercer County Health District expects to receive 200 doses of Moderna’s vaccine around Dec. 22 with weekly shipments coming each week after that.

“EMS workers are currently a priority for Mercer County Health District, as well as residents of group homes for those with developmental disabilities,” Mercer County said.

Most of Mercer County’s long-term care facilities will be vaccinated by CVS Pharmacy.

Positions expected to be prioritized by health departments include:

  • Home health workers
  • Hospice workers
  • EMS responders
  • Primary care practitioners,
  • Free-standing emergency departments,
  • Urgent care,
  • Pharmacy and dialysis center providers,
  • Dental providers,
  • Public health employee at risk of exposure or transmission,
  • Mobile unit practitioners,
  • Federally-qualified health center providers
  • High-risk ancillary health care staff members.

DeWine said the state expects to receive around 660,000 doses of vaccines each month at least for the next couple months, however after that the specifics of doses arriving in the state are not yet known.

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base has not yet received any vaccines, as only two U.S. Air Force installations received vaccines from the initial distribution, Joint Base San Antonio and Kadena Air Force Base in Japan.

“At this time we do not have information on when the vaccine distribution will be here at Wright-Patt AFB,” a spokeswoman told News Center 7.