Ohio governor to unveil details of vaccine distribution


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Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — First responders such as nurses, doctors and people who deliver care at nursing homes are expected to be high on the list of initial recipients of a coronavirus vaccine in Ohio, under a plan to be announced Friday by Republican Gov. Mike DeWine.

Ohio expects close to 100,000 doses by mid-December. The Pfizer doses require two for each person taking the vaccine, meaning the initial distribution will go to around 49,000 Ohioans.

The state’s distribution plan is expected to put a priority on first responders such as health care workers, nursing home residents, people considered at high-risk for the coronavirus because of medical problems, teachers and school staff members, and others, according to a draft distribution plan.

The 7-day rolling average of daily new cases in Ohio has risen over the past two weeks from 7,451new cases per day on Nov. 19 to 9,158 new cases per day on Dec. 3, according to an Associated Press analysis of data provided by The COVID Tracking Project. One in every 182 people in Ohio tested positive in the past week.