Nick McWilliams reporting – As the first doses of the coronavirus vaccine rollout, the local community is waiting patiently for their share.

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine welcomed in a UPS truck at the Wexner Medical Center Monday, where 975 doses were first delivered.

While larger metropolitan areas have received the very first wave, smaller municipalities will be waiting a little while longer, such as the city of New Philadelphia, according to Mayor Joel Day.

“The New Philadelphia Health Department is making preparations to give the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to health department employees and to members of the City safety forces once it arrives. Health Commissioner Vickie Ionno expects delivery of the vaccine on or about December 22nd. She said her staff is also developing plans to administer the vaccine to the general public, once it becomes available. This isn’t expected until next spring.”

Elsewhere, locations like Cleveland Clinic Union Hospital and the Tuscarawas County Health Department will likely be on similar schedules.

As was laid out by DeWine in previous updates, vaccines are first being distributed to frontline healthcare workers, with the first round of doses also going to vulnerable populations in congregate care settings as early as Friday.

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