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Vaccinating Cuyahoga Countys 1A group could take well into February, health commissioner says – cleveland.com

Posted: January 9, 2021 at 9:53 pm


CLEVELAND, Ohio Cuyahoga County Board of Health Commissioner Terry Allan on Friday said it could be well into February before coronavirus vaccines are administered to all willing members of the 1A group, which include health-care providers and residents of nursing homes and other congregate facilities.

While vaccinations of those groups are starting to wrap up elsewhere in the state, Allan said urban counties including Cuyahoga may need more time because they have larger populations. He also noted that approximately 20% of the countys workforce is in the health-care field and eligible for early vaccinations.

Allans comments come after Gov. Mike DeWine on Thursday unveiled vaccine distribution plans for subsequent groups. Next up is the 1B group, including school workers and older Ohioans, for which DeWine said vaccinations will start around Jan. 19.

Asked how the possible February completion date for 1A vaccinations in Cuyahoga County will impact the timeline for 1B residents, Allan couldnt say. Early next week, Board of Health officials will meet with hospitals, pharmacies and health centers to begin to hash out a strategy, Allan said.

One possible strategy could be prioritizing certain groups within the 1A and 1B designations, Allan said.

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