Hamilton Journal News

Ohio adds more citizens to its list

Primary Health Solutions gearing up for new vaccine phases.

- By Michael D. Pitman Staff Writer

More coronaviru­s vaccine doses are coming to the state this week, and over 900,000 Ohioans will be eligible to receive the vaccine as of Thursday morning.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced the state will enter Phase 1C and Phase 2 on Thursday. Phase 1C allows Ohioans with Type 1 diabetes, women who are pregnant, those living with ALS, and those who received bone marrow transplant­s to receive the vaccine. Also, law enforcemen­t, correction­s officers and those who work in the funeral and childcare services are eligible.

Phase 2 allows anyone 60 years and older to receive the vaccines

These two phases will make 941,000 more Ohioans eligible, the governor said.

“Ninety-three percent of our deaths are those 60 and above,” he said, adding that “two-thirds of our hospitaliz­ations have occurred with those 60 years of age and older.”

Since the start of the pandemic in Ohio last March, 968,874 people have contracted the COVID19 virus, and 1,452 of those cases were reported to the Ohio Department of Health on Monday. More


than 17,300 deaths have also happened in the past 12 months.

Since Dec. 14, nearly 1.69 million Ohioans have started the two-shot vaccine regimen, including 46,866 in Butler County. As of Monday, 912,354 have completed the inoculatio­n process, including 27,571 in Butler County.

With the FDA’s emergency use authorizat­ion over the weekend of the single-shot Johnson and Johnson vaccine, 448,390 doses from the three-approved vaccine providers. More than 96,000 will come from Johnson and Johnson. Before Saturday’s approval, Pfizer and Moderna were the only FDA-authorized vaccines in the United States.

DeWine also announced there are 1,200-plus locations that will be able to administer the vaccine.

Primary Health Solutions has four of those facilities and hopes to be able to administer the vaccine at all 10 of its locations in southwest Ohio, said Chief Clinical Officer Stephen Roller. The federally qualified health center has been administer­ing the vaccine for nearly a month.

This week is “probably our biggest,” said Roller, as Primary Health will administer more than 900 doses by the week’s end.

“We received those (doses) in Oxford, Hamilton, we’re administer­ing doses in Middletown today, Dayton on Thursday,” said Roller.

Primary Health is also the healthcare partner for Northridge Schools in Dayton and will begin administer­ing the second dose in that district on Friday, he said.

Roller said Primary Health could receive its first allocation of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine as soon as next week. The health center serves 36,000 patients, many who need extra assistance.

“We provide a broad scope of services, and as a leader in that space, we were one of the first to sign up to be a community COVID-19 vaccine provider,” Roller said. “We want to be at the forefront to make sure our communitie­s we serve are getting access to these vaccines so we can start to move beyond the pandemic.”

Primary Health, which has offices in Butler and Montgomery counties, has administer­ed about 2,000 doses.

Roller said it’s “critical”

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