Nick McWilliams reporting – Following advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and a discussion with Vice President Mike Pence, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced subtle changes to quarantine periods and a rough framework of vaccine distribution.
Chief Medical Officer for the Ohio Department of Health Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff says that the CDC is confident the two options will still be effective thanks to testing confidence, and help take away some of the burden quarantine periods place on residents.
“[The two options are] a 10-day option, which does not require testing, provided there are no symptoms. And a seven-day option with a negative test, again, provided there are no symptoms.”
The long-awaited plan for how the soon-to-be-released coronavirus vaccine was also discussed, with DeWine noting early numbers for how many doses are strictly projections.
Healthcare workers dealing with COVID cases directly will be within the first batch of distribution, with the general population, unsurprisingly, first receiving doses in “vulnerable” populations.
“This would include residents and staff at nursing homes, at assisted living facilities, at state psychiatric hospitals, people within intellectual disabilities and those with mental illness who live in group homes or centers and staff at those locations, residents, and staff at our two homes for Ohio veterans.”
Tentatively, on December 15th, Pfizer will distribute around 100,000 doses for hospitals and to Walgreens and CVS, which will be used for congregate care settings. One week later, over 200,000 doses from Moderna will be given to roughly 100 hospitals and 108 health departments for dosages to emergency medical and other healthcare professionals.
In the days to follow, around 350,000 combined doses from Moderna and Pfizer will be distributed.
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