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Cleveland Clinic opens new community vaccination site in Independence

Doctors believe they will be able to vaccinate roughly 1,500 people a day at the location.

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — The Cleveland Clinic has officially opened a new mass vaccination site at its Independence Business Operations Center.

The hospital system says it chose the spot "because of its central location and large capacity." Residents are already beginning to receive shots, and at full capacity, doctors believe they will be able to vaccinate roughly 1,500 people a day.

"We are pleased to be able to provide vaccinations this area and other sites across northeast Ohio," the clinic said in a statement. "We are continuously evaluating our vaccine locations and supplies in order ensure we are best serving our communities. As the vaccination process continues in Ohio, we are starting to see vaccine supplies increase."

Independence is just the latest community to receive a relatively large clinic for COVID-19 vaccinations: Cleveland's Wolstein Center fully opened up for inoculations on St. Patrick's Day, and the Summit County Fairgrounds will start offering appointments on April 3. Other locations have been popping up across Northeast Ohio.

Beginning Monday, all Ohioans ages 16 and older will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Some clinics and pharmacies with extra appointments had already been offering them to all citizens. and the state's vaccine appointment portal is now accepting all applicants.

Patients must make an appointment to receive the vaccine at the Cleveland Clinic's Independence site. To do so, log on to clevelandclinic.org/covidvaccine.

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