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Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson won't skip line for COVID-19 vaccine; announces plans for first phase of distribution

At a press briefing on Tuesday, Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson said he'd wait his turn to receive the coronavirus vaccine.

CLEVELAND — At a press virtual press briefing on Tuesday, Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson discussed the city's plans for distributing the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine.

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And in answering questions, Jackson revealed that while he plans on receiving the coronavirus vaccine, he won't be skipping the line and will wait his turn to do so.

"Yes, I will get the vaccine," Jackson said. "And I will wait my turn. As soon as whenever it is my turn, then I will get my shot."

Additionally, Jackson announced that Cleveland's first phase of distributing the coronavirus vaccine will include paramedics, EMTs, Fire-EMS and airport fire rescue squads receiving the vaccine. This doesn't include the hospital frontline workers and congregate living communities that are receiving the vaccine through the state of Ohio's first phase of the distribution

According to Jackson, Cleveland is expecting to initially receive 4,000 doses of the Moderna coronavirus vaccine.

On Monday, the city of Cleveland reported 234 new coronavirus cases and one coronavirus death. That brings the city's total number of coronavirus cases to 17,148 and its total number of fatalities to 180.

Last week, Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish announced that the county would be extending its stay-at-home advisory to Jan. 15, 2021

"This pandemic is getting worse, not better. And while the vaccines are providing hope, we still have some cold, dark, dangerous months to survive," Budish said on Friday. "To that end, I am announcing that our county board of health is extending the stay-at-home advisory until January 15, 2021. These are critical weeks. We have to follow the stay-at-home advisory and all the other protocols. We know that they work, if you follow them."

You can watch Mayor Jackson's full press briefing from Tuesday in the video player below.


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