Cleveland has vaccinated 1,767 residents; activated mobile POD to reach those unable to travel

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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WJW) — To date, the city of Cleveland has received 6,500 doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine and has vaccinated 1,767 individuals.

City officials gave a press briefing Tuesday explaining the rollout of Phase 1a of its distribution of the vaccine, along with plans to begin Phase 1b.

Brian Kimball, interim director of the Cleveland Department of Public Health, said Phase 1a was initiated on Dec. 24 for individuals including EMS, fire, police officers, health care workers and long-term care facility workers.

Between Dec. 24 and Dec. 29, the city vaccinated 660 people. Last week, the city reopened a Point of Distribution (POD) at Public Auditorium to vaccinate additional people, including other area health care providers and students providing direct care.

About 1,107 people were vaccinated last week.

The city also activated a mobile POD to be sent out to those living in congregate facilities to vaccine individuals with mobile challenges. There are about 280 such facilities in the city, which equates to about 2,600 individuals.

Kimball said the city will continue to utilize mobile PODs for those with mobile challenges throughout the city of Cleveland.

The city will continue with Phase 1a over the next few weeks, he said. Beginning Jan. 21, the city will begin to administer the second dose for those included in Phase 1a.

The city is currently preparing plans to vaccinate Phase 1b individuals. Those will include people 65 and older and those with severe developmental or early-onset medical disorders.

The city will also focus on employees in K-12 districts or schools that plan to return to hybrid or full-time, in-school teaching.

The Cleveland Department of Public Health reported 236 new cases of COVID-19 in the city Monday. There were four fatalities from the virus reported.

Since the coronavirus pandemic began, there have now been 21,153 reported cases and 195 fatalities in the city.

As of yesterday, there have been 784,957  total confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 in the state since the pandemic began, along with a total of 9,627 deaths.

The new Cleveland cases affected those younger than 4 all the way to their 80s. The health department is working to inform those who may have come in contact with those who are sickened.

The vaccine rollout continues in the city.

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