Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said the state received 98,475 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine this week, and more shipments will arrive in the new year.
The state expects to receive 123,000 doses from Pfizer and 201,900 from Moderna next week, the governor said. However, DeWine cautioned during a news conference Tuesday that supplies of the vaccine were limited.
“These vaccinations will take place, one way or another,” DeWine said in response to questions on congressional funding. “There will be nothing to slow these vaccinations down.”
What the numbers look like: Ohio announced 8,755 new Covid-19 cases and 103 deaths on Tuesday. There were 614 new hospitalizations due to the virus, according to the Ohio Department of Health.
Hospitalizations have increased steeply since the start of the pandemic, the governor said. Ohio has the nation’s fifth-highest case rate for the past seven days, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“We’re exceedingly high. This is not where we want to be,” DeWine said. “We’re in a worse position than we have ever been in regard to this virus. The next few days are absolutely critical.”
DeWine said the state had sent additional guidance to local health departments on Tuesday about whom to prioritize for vaccinations, such as group home residents and staff.