Mahoning Expects to Get 600 Doses of Vaccine Next Week

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Mahoning County Public Health expects to receive its first shipment of the Moderna vaccine against the coronavirus next week.

In a statement issued Wednesday evening, commissioner Ryan Tekac said the agency doesn’t know the exact date it will arrive or the quantity, though the number is anticipated to be around 600 doses.

Mahoning County Public Health is coordinating with two congregate care sites that were unable to participate in the federal distribution to pharmacies.

“Further planning continues with identified Phase 1A community partners who are at greatest risk for exposure and transmission of COVID-19 due to their occupation,” Tekac said in the announcement. “This includes members of our local Emergency Medical Services along with the Mahoning County Board of Developmental Disabilities, the Mahoning County Mental Health and Recovery Board and those employed in home health who are not being vaccinated by the hospitals or healthcare systems.”

As more doses are received, he continued, Mahoning County Public Health will work through a list of recipients based on risk as identified in the Ohio Department of Health’s distribution plan.

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