Standing outside Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center on Monday, Gov. Mike DeWine announced that 975 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine had arrived and would be administered to frontline staff this morning, according to the Journal-News.
Another 975 doses are expected to be delivered to University of Cincinnati Hospital later this morning. Eight other Ohio hospitals will each receive 975 doses tomorrow, the governor said.
“It’s going to really kick up,” said DeWine.
DeWine called it an exciting day for Ohio. “This is the day we’ve been waiting for. It starts the process of the end. We know the end is a long way off but the end now is in sight,” he said.
This is an historic occasion.— Governor Mike DeWine (@GovMikeDeWine) December 14, 2020
This is hope.
This is the beginning of the end of the pandemic.
The first #COVID19 vaccines have arrived in Ohio at @OSUWexMed. These safe and effective vaccines are a crucial step on our path back to normal. We’re #InThisTogetherOhio. pic.twitter.com/uunKBdNEGY
The governor holds his regular COVID-19 update at 3 p.m. today.
“Within a very short time, essential healthcare heroes at OSU Wexner Medical Center will be among the first to be vaccinated in Ohio,” DeWine tweeted. “These vaccines will allow our healthcare workers to continue to fight COVID-19 on the front lines to get us through the pandemic.”
We will update this story as more information is available.