Coronavirus vaccine: Premier Health administers 100,000th dose

Premier Health administered its 100,000th dose of the coronavirus vaccine Monday morning at the University of Dayton Arena.

Tom Long received the milestone shot and gave two thumbs up after the vaccine was administered.

“This right here is an opportunity that I’ll stay healthy, that my family will stay healthy and that my community will stay healthy,” Long said. “Staying healthy will give me the opportunity to continue being able to provide for my family and to serve the community.”

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Long said he it was “surreal” receiving the 100,000th dose administered by Premier Health.

“I didn’t think anything was going to be very special today, but here I am,” he said. “I thought it was going to be a normal Monday.”

Since being approved as a vaccine provider, Premier Health has vaccinated patients at clinics in Montgomery, Warren and Miami counties to prevent the spread of coronavirus and variant strains.

As of Sunday, 4,104,194 people in Ohio have received one dose of the vaccine and 2,615,916 people have finished the vaccination, according to the Ohio Department of Health.

More than 35% of Ohioans have started the vaccine and 22% have completed it.

This week, vaccine providers are able to allocate up to 25% of its doses to vaccinate employees. Providers can also partner with employers, labor unions and other organizations to have closed vaccine clinics.

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This is also the second week of on-campus vaccination clinics at Ohio’s colleges and universities.

The state hopes that bringing vaccines to students and workers will encourage more people to be vaccinated. With many students leaving for summer break in early May, Ohio is working to have as many students as possible before they leave campus.

Premier Health and Miami Valley Hospital patterned with UD for a vaccine clinic on Sunday at UD Arena. More than 1,100 people were vaccinated, including some employees. The clinic was opened to employees after it appeared there would be leftover doses.