Springfield Regional 1 of 10 hospitals to have COVID-19 vaccine ready upon approval from feds

Springfield Regional 1 of 10 hospitals to have COVID-19 vaccine ready upon approval from feds
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CLARK COUNTY — Springfield Regional Medical Center in Clark County will be among the first in the state to be able to administer coronavirus vaccines when they are given emergency-use authorization by the federal government, according to the Governor’s Office.

The hospital is one of 10, and the only in the Miami Valley, to be selected for the pre-positioning of the vaccine ahead of approval.

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“The ten pre-positioned sites were selected based on geography, population, and access to ultra-cold storage capacity,” the state said in a release. “Other sites will begin receiving shipments of vaccine following final approval, potentially just days after the pre-positioned sites begin administering the vaccine.”

The sites will begin administering the vaccine immediately to those who chose to receive it and are identified as being able to receive it in the first stage.

“Ohio will first vaccinate those who are most at risk, including those who work in long-term care facilities, nursing homes, and other congregate-care facilities, high-risk health care workers, and first responders,” the Governor’s office said.

Both Moderna and Pfizer have released promising details in recent days regarding the success of the virus among trial participants and federal officials hope to have the vaccines approved by the end of the year.