People have been asking a lot of good questions about the COVID 19 vaccines. There are several companies with vaccines coming to market. We are likely in Ohio to get the one made by Pfizer and Moderna initially.

Both vaccines are to be given in 2 doses about a month apart from each other. Therefore, when you hear we are getting 20 million doses, that would be for just 10 million people.

Ohio is going to distribute batches to regional hospitals, and I believe, nursing homes first. St. Vincent Mercy Hospital is going to be getting the first batch in our region. I don’t know how they will know who a healthcare provider is, aside from their own workers, but I’m sure they will be checking with ID cards as well as license records. Here’s the list of initial vaccine recipients:

  • Healthcare providers and personnel who are routinely involved with the care of COVID-19 patients.

  • Residents and staff in nursing facilities.

  • Residents and staff in assisted living facilities.

  • Patients and staff at psychiatric hospitals.

  • People with intellectual disabilities and those with mental illness who in group homes or centers and staff at those locations