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Public Health Vaccinates Hundreds in Dayton

Long lines have become a familiar part of the pandemic. There have been lines for COVID tests, vaccines, and even groceries. Montgomery County Public Health worked to avoid the lines as residents 80 years and older got vaccinated Wednesday. This week marks the start of the next phase of Ohio’s vaccine distribution plan.

At the Dayton Convention Center, a grid of spread out chairs filled the large exhibit hall. Healthcare workers rolled supplies on metal carts from patient to patient so that everyone could wait sitting down.

Jerry McElfresh, an 81-year-old retired General Motors employee, said he was thrilled to get the vaccine, and the process was painless and easy.

“I remember taking the polio vaccine when I was a young kid, and it's about the same thing. You're glad you're able to get it,” he said. “Hopefully everybody will get their shots and we can get rid of this stupid pandemic and get back to normal.”

Registration for the 600 slots available filled up in about an hour last week. Public Health offered a phone registration option as well as online registration to accommodate the elderly population. The department said supplies are limited and it is going to take many months to vaccinate everyone. But this week was a start for some of the county's most vulnerable residents.

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Unlike earlier Public Health vaccine distributions for EMS and home care workers, healthcare workers rolled supplies on metal carts from patient to patient so that residents did not have to wait in lines.
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Unlike earlier Public Health vaccine distributions for EMS and home care workers, healthcare workers rolled supplies on metal carts from patient to patient so that residents did not have to wait in lines.
A healthcare worker prepares doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. About 600 doses were available for residents 80 years and older on Wednesday.
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A healthcare worker prepares doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. About 600 doses were available for residents 80 years and older on Wednesday.
This week marks the start of the next phase of the state's vaccine distribution plan. Ohioans 80 years and older are eligible to get vaccinated by providers throughout the state.
Leila Goldstein/WYSO /
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This week marks the start of the next phase of the state's vaccine distribution plan. Ohioans 80 years and older are eligible to get vaccinated by providers throughout the state.
Jerry McElfresh, an 81-year-old retired General Motors employee, after getting the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. He said he was thrilled to get vaccinated, and the process was painless and easy.
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Jerry McElfresh, an 81-year-old retired General Motors employee, after getting the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. He said he was thrilled to get vaccinated, and the process was painless and easy.