GEORGIA — Ohio is now the first state to roll out a new coronivirus vaccine, a milestone that the state said is a first for the country.
It’s the first time a state has rolled out a coronaviruses vaccine in its history, which has been a major achievement for the federal government.
The Ohio Department of Health said the state has received 2,639 vaccinations and has administered about 4,600 doses of the coronaviral vaccine, which is already being distributed through local pharmacies and is available in the mail for a limited time.
The state’s new coronvirus vaccine will go to about 495,000 Ohioans.
John Kasich says Ohioans have been waiting to get the vaccine since last summer, but now is the time to get vaccinated.
We are thrilled to be one of the first states in the nation to deliver a state-of-the-art coronavivirus vaccines, Kasich said in a statement.
Ohio’s first-ever coronavira vaccine is expected to be ready for use by the end of the month.
The U.S. Department of Defense is also working on a vaccine, and the CDC announced Thursday it is working on another coronaviropse vaccine.
The coronavirence vaccine, made by Merck, will be administered in three doses.
Ohioans can get their doses by mail or at any Ohio pharmacy.
Kasich has repeatedly praised Ohio’s vaccine effort, saying it’s made the state safer for its residents.
But he also has expressed concerns about the state’s ability to provide vaccines to its population in time.
He says Ohio’s state workforce is not as large as other states.
The new coronavalirus vaccine is the first to be delivered in Ohio since it rolled out its own coronavavirus vaccines in February, which were distributed to 1.8 million people.
That was followed by the U.K.’s coronavacore vaccines in March and the coronavalovirus vaccine in April.
Ohio’s coronaviscontrol vaccines have been tested and are working well.
Kirsten Sinkler, executive director of Ohio Right to Life, says her group will be working with Ohio’s health department to make sure the vaccine is as safe as possible.
The CDC says the vaccine can prevent about one in 10 cases of coronavuravirus, which can cause serious complications such as pneumonia and death.