‘A happy day here in Clark County’: DeWine welcomes COVID-19 vaccines to Springfield

Gov. Mike DeWine with  his wife, Fran, talk to members of the media after the first shipment of COVID-19 vaccine arrived at Springfield Regional Medical Center Tuesday morning. BILL LACKEY/STAFF
Gov. Mike DeWine with his wife, Fran, talk to members of the media after the first shipment of COVID-19 vaccine arrived at Springfield Regional Medical Center Tuesday morning. BILL LACKEY/STAFF

Credit: Bill Lackey

Credit: Bill Lackey

Springfield Regional Medical Center will begin giving the first shots of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine this afternoon after the doses arrived this morning.

The 975 doses of the vaccine were welcomed to SRMC this morning by Gov. Mike DeWine and First Lady Fran DeWine. SRMC is among eight hospitals statewide that will be receiving the first shipments of the vaccine today.

“This is a happy day here in Clark County,” DeWine said. “They are going to do about 100 (vaccinations) today, a little trial run and then I’m told they are going to do about 300 a day moving forward. 975 doses is going to certainly help a lot of essential people who work here.”

Vaccines will be given to high-risk hospital personnel over the course of the next four days, Mercy Health - Springfield President Adam Groshans said.

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“We have our teams on stand-by. We have our associates who have opted in, and we will begin the vacations a little bit later this afternoon. We will begin a little slower today,” Groshan said. “We will begin in three shifts today. We have the ability to issue all 975 doses of the vaccine over the next four days, roughly.”

Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus and UC Health in Cincinnati were the first two hospitals in the state to receive and administer the vaccine on Monday.

The Springfield News-Sun will update this story when SRMC administers their first vaccine.