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Ohio Set To Release Plan For Distributing COVID-19 Vaccine

A volunteer is injected with either an experimental COVID-19 vaccine or a comparison shot as part of the first human trials in the U.K. to test a potential vaccine.
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A volunteer is injected with either an experimental COVID-19 vaccine or a comparison shot as part of the first human trials in the U.K. to test a potential vaccine.

The state of Ohio has submitted its plan to the CDC for when a COVID-19 vaccine is available. The plan addresses preparing for receiving the vaccine and a coordinated strategy to distribute it. DeWine says there are priorities for who they believe should get the vaccine first.

"We want to take care of the most vulnerable people first, but also at the same time, try to take care of, you know, get immunized. Those who are the front lines, people who are dealing with people with covid, we've got to get them taken care of early on. So those two those two groups early and then we move into other groups beyond that."

DeWine says the plan is a working document that federal officials requested to get ahead of a potential vaccine distribution. The governor says most of the supply could go directly to hospitals and health care providers while another portion could go to the state for more targeted distribution.

Ohio will also launch a registration tool where healthcare providers can sign up to be able to administer the vaccine.