Coronavirus: Springfield Mayor Warren Copeland vaccinated this week

Credit: Bill Lackey

Credit: Bill Lackey

Springfield’s Mayor received his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine this week.

Mayor Warren Copeland, who is 77 and therefore falls under the qualifications for vaccination under Phase 1b, said he wanted to receive his vaccine publicly so that residents understand it is safe.

“This is just like other things that we do to protect ourselves. It’s important to not only protect ourselves but the people that we associate with,” Copeland said. “That’s why I wanted to do this.”

Copeland said he hopes people will see him receiving the vaccine and feel motivated to do the same.

“This is the way that we protect other people too from it spreading from us to them,” Copeland said.

Gov. Mike DeWine released the vaccination schedule for Phase 1b, a group that includes Ohioans ages 65 and older, K-12 school staff and those with severe medical issues, about a month ago. Those ages 80 and older began receiving vaccinations last week, with the state extending the age group to receive the vaccine by five years each week from now on.

For more information about the vaccine and how to schedule an appointment, visit the Clark County Combined Health District’s website at

Clark County had 11,205 cases of the coronavirus as of Thursday afternoon, according to the Ohio Department of Health. The county also had 273 deaths and 13 probable deaths, according to data from the Clark County Combined Health District.

As of Wednesday, 9,120 vaccination shots have been given out in Clark County, according to ODH. That’s about 6.80% of the county’s population.

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