As COVID-19 vaccinations began across the U.S. on Dec. 14, officials in Hamilton County are still waiting to receive their first shipment.
“It sounds like the vaccine will arrive in the county no later than Thursday (with) vaccinations starting as early as Friday,” said Christian Walker, emergency preparedness coordinator for the Hamilton County Health Dept.
Three hospitals in Hamilton County will receive the first doses of the vaccine by Pfizer and BioNTech, which will be given to healthcare workers who interact directly with COVID-19 patients. Residents of nursing homes will also be among the first group to be eligible for vaccinations, which will be available through a partnership with CVS and Walgreens.
The next group in line to receive vaccines is essential workers, although how that will be defined and ordered is still to be determined.
Walker said members of the general public will likely be able to receive the vaccine in mid- to late summer 2021.