“It’s definitely a sigh of relief for a lot of the members,” he said. “Our medic units transport COVID positive patients virtually every day, and there’s a tremendous amount of exposure.”
While the city is not requiring employees to get vaccinated, French said he expects most members to voluntarily get the shot.
“Because we have trusted medical resources that recommend that that’s the thing to do, including our medical director, Dr. Randy Mariott ... and he himself is going to be getting the vaccine,” French said.
This first shipment is not enough to cover every Montgomery County resident in the first priority group but Public Health expects regular weekly shipments, said spokesperson Dan Suffoletto.
At least 8,453 Ohioans have received the first dose of a two-dose coronavirus vaccine regimen, according to data released Tuesday afternoon by the Ohio Department of Health. That’s about 0.07% of Ohio’s population and about 0.7% of the 1 million to 1.3 million people ODH estimates are in Phase 1A of distribution.