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Here's who will get the COVID-19 vaccine first in Ohio

The first shipment from Pfizer could come as early as Dec. 15.
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Gov. Mike DeWine during his state address on Wednesday, July 15, 2020.

COLUMBUS — Gov. Mike DeWine started outlining a schedule and strategy for COVID-19 vaccine distribution during a press briefing today. 

Vaccines could start to be distributed as early as Dec. 15.

Ohioans in group 1A will receive the vaccine first. They include: 

  • Healthcare workers and personnel involved in the care of COVID-19 patients; 
  • EMS responders; 
  • Vulnerable individuals who live together in close proximity and those who care for them, such as assisted living facilities, nursing homes, state psychiatric facilities and group homes.

The first shipment from Pfizer could come as early as Dec. 15. DeWine anticipates about 9,750 vaccines will go to hospitals, and 88,725 vaccines will be distributed to Walgreens and CVS to go to congregate care settings, like nursing homes. 

Ohio is also expecting two additional shipments — of about 123,000 and 148,000 vaccines — from Pfizer. The second and third shipment from Pfizer has not been confirmed. 

The state could also start to receive vaccines from Moderna. The first shipment, of 201,000 vaccines, will go to 98 hospitals and 108 health departments. 

Hospitals will vaccinate healthcare workers dealing with COVID-19 patients. Health departments will distribute to EMS and home health care workers, DeWine explained.