Nick McWilliams reporting – While vaccines still roll out in Ohio, some local entities updated their own plans this week.

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine noted Phase 1A of the vaccination plan related to frontline personnel has been moving well, with hospitals now asked to move on to the next group, which includes residents 80 years of age and older.

Each vaccine provider is asked to use their allotted doses within a week’s time, and providers will be listed on the state’s coronavirus website. The vaccine schedule is expected to drop by five years of age each week from now until all groups have been addressed.

The New Philadelphia City Health Department updated Mayor Joel with plans to setup a vaccination “center,” which has been in the works for the past few months.

“Putting the finishing touches on its plan to administer future COVID-19 vaccinations at Tuscora Park. This site was selected because, rather than the department office at City Hall, it can better accommodate giving the vaccine to larger numbers of people. The plan would allow people to receive the vaccination while remaining in their vehicles.  City Health Commissioner Vickie Ionno will be releasing more details later this week.”

Residents in the next group to receive doses are urged to call, and only those who fall within the category of 80 and up.

In Tuscarawas County, the waitlist for Phase 1A residents closes Wednesday afternoon at 4 p.m., with the next phase starting on January 18th.

However, there are currently 650 individuals on the waitlist, with the county health department limited to just 100 vaccines each week.

Anyone who needs to register, or is helping someone else register, is asked to visit www.tchdnow.org/covid-19-vaccine.

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