Butler County Health Department asking for patience in COVID-19 vaccine rollout

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Posted at 4:42 PM, Jan 20, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-20 16:44:31-05

The Butler County General Health District asked for the public's patience Wednesday as more Ohioans become eligible for the scarce COVID-19 vaccine. Although a large population of seniors and people with special needs will be eligible for the shot by Feb. 1, the county's supply — about 700 doses per week — will remain limited.

The health district's clinic vaccinated over 150 people age 80 and up on Tuesday, and a news release from the BCGHD said vaccinations for people age 75 and up will begin the week of Jan. 25.

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“Having the privilege of seeing the excitement and hope in people’s eyes as they receive the vaccine is a joyous experience,” Butler County General Health District health commissioner Jennifer Bailer said. “As we approach the one-year anniversary of the first case that was discovered in Ohio, watching folks get the vaccine is an especially positive experience.”

Speaking Tuesday, Gov. Mike DeWine said Ohio's supply of vaccine is unlikely to increase until March.

Butler County residents in Ohio’s Phase 1A and 1B who have registered for the vaccine will be alerted via email or automated phone call when they are able to receive it.