Nick McWilliams reporting – During Governor Mike DeWine’s Wednesday COVID update, two Tuscarawas County doctors received the coronavirus vaccine.

Dr. Kevin Miller and Dr. Jeffrey Cameron were featured during the latest press conference, administered by Tuscarawas County Health Department Director of Nursing Amy Kaser.

Miller, an emergency room doctor and Medical Director for the Tuscarawas County Emergency Medical Services, noted before being vaccinated that the vaccine represents a turning point in the fight against COVID.

“The world is sick right now. The medicines that we prescribe to patients when they come into the hospital and they’re already sick … we’re grasping at straws with those treatments. They’re not shown to change the outcomes for our patients, but it’s what we have. Once you have the virus, how it’s going to play out in your body is how it’s going to play out. This vaccine is the cure. We have the cure in our hands and we all need to take part, and work together to get vaccinated.”

Miller and Cameron both agreed that the vast majority of the patients they have treated recently have suffered from the coronavirus, and they, along with other emergency personnel, are growing weary with cases continuing to rise.

The second distribution period of vaccines is underway in Ohio, with Moderna shipments supplementing Pfizer doses. DeWine adds that it will likely be “months” before both will be readily available for all, with the next group expected to be in the 65-year old range and above.

Additionally, vaccines are expected to be distributed to schools which hope to return to in-person learning or currently remain in face-to-face instruction to vaccinate children in an attempt to get students back in classrooms, with the choice ultimately up to parents. Teachers and staff members will also be eligible for doses.

That plan is expected in mid-January, tentatively.

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