Buford said he would encourage anyone to “just take the vaccine.”
Montgomery County has one of the highest vaccination rates for African Americans in the state, according to Ohio Department of Health data. Abut 9% of the African American population in Montgomery County is vaccinated.
“This past week we got about 450,000 doses. I checked with the number of the health departments this morning and most of those already with people’s arms. So it’s going well,” DeWine said this morning. “The Public Health Department Dayton-Montgomery County I think is doing a really, really, really good job. They are really focused on trying to make sure that everybody in the community who wanted the shot has the opportunity to get a shot.”
On Friday, the governor announced more than a dozen regional mass vaccination sites, including one at the Dayton Convention Center. It is not clear when the regional sites will open, but they will be able to administer between 300 to 3,000 vaccines day based off location, supply and demand.
Other regional sites include Cincinnati, Lima, Maumee, Columbus, Akron, Youngstown, Chillicothe, Marietta, Wilmington and Zanesville, as well as four mobile vaccine clinics that will travel throughout northwestern and west-central, southeastern, north-central and east-central Ohio.
The governor also announced a FEMA mass vaccination sites opening at Cleveland State University’s Wolstein Center on March 17. The FEMA site will be able to administer as many as 6,000 vaccinations a day and will operate seven days a week.
As of Sunday, 1,970,238 people in Ohio have started the vaccine and 1,109,674 are finished with the vaccine, according to the Ohio Department of Health.
“It is pretty universal that the people who are getting the shots are very happy,” DeWine said in Harrison Twp. “They really look at this as an opportunity to expand their freedom. Some of them talked about spending more time with family members, a mother, father, grandchildren.”