Coronavirus: Three providers in Champaign County to receive vaccine for Phase 1b

Nurse Lynn DiLoreto draws up a dose of teh Moderna COVID-19 vaccine Wednesday at the Champaign County vaccine distribution site at the Champaign County Government Center. BILL LACKEY/STAFF
Nurse Lynn DiLoreto draws up a dose of teh Moderna COVID-19 vaccine Wednesday at the Champaign County vaccine distribution site at the Champaign County Government Center. BILL LACKEY/STAFF

Credit: Bill Lackey

Credit: Bill Lackey

Three providers in Champaign County will receive approximately 400 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine next week to be used for Phase 1b eligible residents, according to a statement from the county’s health department and EMA.

In a joint statement, the Champaign Health District and Champaign County Emergency Management Agency announced three providers in the county will receive doses of the vaccine for Phase 1b eligible residents. Providers will include Kroger, CHD and Mercy Health - Urbana Hospital.

“Champaign Health District, Mercy Health - Urbana Hospital and Kroger Pharmacy are partnering to put on various vaccination clinics throughout the course of Phase 1b,” the statement said. “We are using combined allocations to get the vaccine to more residents as quickly as possible.”

Explore'A few thousand' Champaign County residents already registered for Phase 1b vaccinations

Gov. Mike DeWine released the vaccination scheduled last week for Phase 1b. a group that includes Ohioans ages 65 and older, K-12 school staff and those with severe medical issues. DeWine said Ohioans ages 80 and older will be able to start receiving coronavirus vaccines on Jan. 19, with the state extending the age group eligible to receive the vaccine by five years each week.

Those eligible for the vaccine in Phase 1b are encouraged to register for vaccination on the health district’s website and also online at kroger.com/ohiocovidvaccine.

“Vaccines are in short supply in Ohio and across the country. County allocations are expected to be in the hundreds, not thousands, as we begin vaccinating these Phase 1b populations in our area,” the statement said. “While we know that many people in our community are eager to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, we must be patient while demand for the vaccine remains higher than the available supply.”

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