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CLEVELAND (WJW) — The Cuyahoga County Board of Health held a meeting on Thursday to provide an update on coronavirus vaccine distribution.
Health commissioner Terry Allan said the county still has roughly 10,000 individuals left to vaccinate from Phase 1A before they can start on Phase 1B.
Phase 1A includes health care workers and personnel, residents and staff at assisting living facilities and nursing homes, and patients and staff at state psychiatric hospitals.
Allan said while the Board of Health will continue concentrating on vaccinating Phase 1A, there are 90 other providers throughout the county that will begin Phase 1B next week. They are able to move forward because they are receiving separate doses from the state.
Here is the timeline for Phase 1B, per the Ohio Department of Health:
- Week of Jan. 18 — 80 and older can get vaccinated.
- Week of Jan. 25 — 75 and older can get vaccinated and those with severe congenital, developmental or early-onset medical disorders.
- Week of Feb. 1 — 70 and older can get vaccinated and school employees for grades K-12.
Allen said the demand is high so they will continue to work diligently to make sure everyone receives their vaccination as more doses become available.
The state is currently working on a list of vaccine providers here in Cuyahoga County and is expected to make that available to the public very soon.
Senior citizens with questions on the vaccination process are urged to contact the Area Agencies on Aging at www.aging.ohio.gov or by calling 1-866-243-5678.