First Ohioans receive coronavirus vaccine; hospitals at Ohio State, UC get first supply

Standing outside Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center on Monday, Gov. Mike DeWine announced that 975 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine had arrived and would be administered to front line staff today.

Shortly before 11 a.m., he announced in a tweet that the first Ohioans have received the vaccine.

Another 975 doses were delivered to University of Cincinnati Hospital this morning. Eight other Ohio hospitals will each receive 975 doses tomorrow, the governor said.

A healthcare worker at UC Health received the first vaccine in Cincinnati before noon, according to another tweet from DeWine.

“It’s going to really kick up,” said DeWine earlier Monday.

DeWine called it an exciting day for Ohio. “This is the day we’ve been waiting for. It starts the process of the end. We know the end is a long way off but the end now is in sight,” he said.

The governor hold his regular COVID-19 update at 3 p.m. today.

“Within a very short time, essential healthcare heroes at OSU Wexner Medical Center will be among the first to be vaccinated in Ohio,” DeWine tweeted. “These vaccines will allow our healthcare workers to continue to fight COVID-19 on the front lines to get us through the pandemic.”

We will update this story as more information is available.