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PARMA, Ohio (WJW)– The Cuyahoga County Board of Health addressed the agency’s COVID-19 vaccination program and registration process during a virtual news conference on Thursday.

Health commissioner Terry Allan said the county began its role in the Ohio Department of Health’s Phase 1A vaccination plan last week. So far, it’s vaccinated almost 1,800 people. Allan said the county received 4,000 vaccines.

“We are still in the very early stages of this, 1A, and 1B will be coming,” Allan said.

Phase 1A includes health care workers, residents and staff at nursing home, EMS responders, patients and staff at state psychiatric hospitals, and people with intellectual disabilities who live in group homes. Anyone getting a vaccine will need to provide identification and prove they are a part of this group.

A link to schedule a vaccination through the county went out to people in group 1A. According to Allan, that link was circulated outside people in the eligible groups. He said it wasn’t shared with any ill intent.

Allan estimated thousands of cancellations will be sent to those that are not in the current vaccination group.

“We are trying to find the most efficient way to sign people up in very large clinics,” Allan said. He said they will continue to refine this process.

Allan said we are still a way’s away from the vaccine being available to the general public.

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