Mass COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic To Be Held In Cleveland!


AT THE BROADBENT ARENA, By Chris Mosby, Posted March 9th 2021

An eight-week mass vaccination clinic will open in Cleveland on March 17.

The clinic will be held in Cleveland State University’s Wolstein Center. Gov. Mike DeWine said FEMA will help operate the site, which will have the capacity to administer 6,000 vaccine per day.

“”Now that the supply of vaccine is significantly increasing, this is the perfect time for a large-scale clinic in Ohio to bolster our work to get shots in arms quickly, efficiently, and equitably,” Gov. Mike DeWine said Friday.

The Wolstein Center was selected by FEMA and Ohio officials based on its proximity to Ohio’s high-risk citizens and underserved populations. Approximately 1.1 million Ohioans, ages 60 and older, live in Northeast Ohio. More than 25,000 Ohioans live within one mile of the Wolstein Center.

The Wolstein Center Mass Vaccination Clinic will be open seven days a week. Hours of operation have not yet been established.

Any Ohioan eligible to receive a vaccine may attend the clinic, though officials will be focusing on high-risk and underserved populations. Patients will be able to schedule a vaccination appointment in-person, on the phone or online (via the soon-to-be-released state scheduling system). DeWine said registration is not yet open for the site.

“I can’t give you a date [when registration will open] but it will be soon,” the governor said.

Patients who attend the clinic will receive the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine during the first three weeks of operations. Anyone vaccinated during that timeframe will be guaranteed a second dose during the fourth, fifth and sixth weeks of the clinic.

“Ohio has held several successful mass vaccination clinics, but this long-term clinic will reach the most people yet – particularly those in Ohio’s most vulnerable populations and those who face barriers in accessing health care,” DeWine said.

The brand of vaccine to be offered during the final two weeks of the clinic has not yet been determined.

The Ohio Department of Health, Ohio National Guard, and Ohio Emergency Management Agency will manage the Wolstein Center site with support from FEMA, the U.S. Department of Defense, the City of Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, and Cleveland State University.

“This mass vaccination site in Cleveland reflects a truly collaborative, federally supported, state managed and locally executed effort,” said Kevin Sligh, acting regional administrator, FEMA Region 5.

Cuyahoga County is working to provide free bus passes to Ohioans who might have trouble getting to the Wolstein Center. Other forms of transportation will also be provided including transportation through the Senior Transportation Center and local churches.

“I thank President Biden and Governor DeWine for their leadership and commitment to making the availability of COVID-19 vaccines a priority,” said Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson.

The mass vaccination clinic will not impact Ohio’s vaccine providing partners, like Walgreens and CVS.

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