DeWine visits regional mass COVID vaccination clinic in Dayton

Gov. Mike DeWine visited a coronavirus vaccination clinic at the Dayton Convention Center on Thursday, April 1, 2021. Photo courtesy Gov. Mike DeWine's office.

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Gov. Mike DeWine visited a coronavirus vaccination clinic at the Dayton Convention Center on Thursday, April 1, 2021. Photo courtesy Gov. Mike DeWine's office.

Gov. Mike DeWine visited a state-sponsored regional mass coronavirus vaccination site at the Dayton Convention Center Thursday.

The governor toured the facility Thursday morning and held his COVID press conference from the convention center.

Public Health - Dayton & Montgomery County is the state’s local partner and has been vaccinating people from the center since December.

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DeWine said Public Health has done a phenomenal job vaccinating people, noting they’ve administered more than 45,000 first and second doses of the vaccine at the convention center.

The agency is scheduled to administer 1,700 second doses Thursday and 1,200 Johnson & Johnson vaccines.

In total, Public Health has administered more than 52,000 COVID vaccines.

Health Commissioner Jeff Cooper thanked the governor for visiting, saying it means a lot of the community.

Since Christmas Eve, Public Health has held more than 40 vaccination clinics at the convention Center, Cooper said.

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DeWine also praised Public Health for its work reaching out to the community.

“As a health department and a board of health, we have said we’re going to make sure that least 25% of the vaccine receive is made available to our minority populations,” Cooper said. “So we’ve been working with our minority churches, we’re looking at homebound populations, we’re in congregate care locations, just making sure that we’re promoting equity around vaccine distribution.”

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