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Cleveland Clinic begins public vaccine distribution

As of Tuesday, Ohioans 80 years of age and older are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine as part of the state's Phase 1B program.

CLEVELAND — As the state of Ohio shifts to Phase 1B in its distribution of the coronavirus vaccine, Cleveland Clinic began the process of giving doses to the public on Tuesday. 

Ohio residents 80 years of age and older are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. 

Several residents received their vaccines Tuesday morning including 95-year-old Mary Katheen McGorray of Rocky River. She's a mother of seven and grandmother to 13. She is looking forward to finally meeting her great-granddaughter. 

98-year-old Ann Woehrmann of Parma is tuning 99 next also recieved tha vaccine. She has lived through the Depression and World II and says the Pandemic has been unlike anything else.

And lastly, Lucille Gasho is a 104-year-old native from Lorain who is hoping that her vaccination will bring her one step closer to playing cards again with her friends. 

The Cleveland Clinic suggests that all patients hoping to receive the vaccine enroll in MyChart, which is the hospitals primary method of communication. Vaccines at the Cleveland Clinic are being distributed by appointment only. 

For the latest information on vaccine appointments with the Cleveland Clinic, click here

The state hopes each week to be able to expand those eligible for vaccinations. On January 25, those Ohioans 75 and older are scheduled to be able to get the coronavirus vaccine, along with those people with severe congenital, developmental and early onset medical disorders.

On February 1, Ohioans ages 70 and older and employees of K-12 schools that are planning to remain or return to in-person or hybrid learning will be eligible. Those Ohioans 65 years of age and older will be able to receive their vaccine on February 8.

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