CLEVELAND, Ohio – Cuiahoga County Health Commissioner Terry Allen said Friday it could be “until February” before coronavirus vaccines are given to all willing members of Group 1A, which include health care providers and nursing home residents. and other collection facilities.
As vaccinations for these groups begin to end elsewhere in the state, Allen said urban districts, including Cuiahoga, may need more time because they have a larger population. He also noted that approximately 20% of the county̵
Allen’s comments came after Gov. Mike DeWine unveiled plans to distribute vaccines to future groups on Thursday. Next is Group 1B, which includes school workers and older Ohio residents, whom DeWine said vaccinations would begin around Jan. 19.
Asked how a possible completion date in February for 1A vaccinations in Cuiahoga County would affect the schedule for 1B residents, Alan could not say. Early next week, health council officials will meet with hospitals, pharmacies and health centers to begin shuffling strategy, Alan said.
One possible strategy could be to prioritize certain groups within labels 1A and 1B, Allen said.