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Gov. DeWine: Ohio Identifying Distribution, Storage Sites for Vaccine

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Republican Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine discusses the most recent data on Ohio's soaring coronavirus cases during a news briefing at John Glenn International Airport on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020, in Columbus, Ohio.  (Andrew Welsh-Huggins/AP Photo)

By    |   Tuesday, 01 December 2020 01:25 PM

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said hospitals and other locations in his state have been already been identified where new vaccines can be stored and distributed, with the expectation of starting the statewide vaccination program within the next two weeks. 

"The Dec. 15 date can't come soon enough," DeWine told "CBS This Morning," noting that state officials have already spoken with Vice President Mike Pence. "We are very, very happy. It can't come soon enough. We have over 5,000 people in our hospitals now with COVID, so it's coming and we're excited about it."

The first tier of people who "clearly, clearly" need to get the vaccine will include first-line responders, nurses, doctors, and people in the state's nursing homes, said DeWine. 

According to Fox News, President Donald Trump and Pence are to meet at the White House on Dec. 8 in a summit with governors concerning distribution measures for the vaccine. 

DeWine, who spoke with CBS before the Fox News announcement, said his state is going to identify distribution and shipment locations to the federal government. 

"For the smaller counties, we'll break those out and the National Guard may help to get those out," said DeWine. 

He acknowledged the state doesn't have all the money it needs to get the vaccine out, "but we're going to get it out one way or the other. We have the ability to do that."

But, DeWine added, the state would like to see a stimulus bill from Congress. 

"I'm still hopeful that Democrats and Republicans and the president can all get together and get a bill passed because we really need that," said DeWine. "Our local governments need money."

Even without a new bill, the state still has CARES Act dollars, he said. 

"No one in Ohio should think if Congress doesn't pass a bill, we won't get (the vaccine) out," the Republican governor said. "I want to make it clear. We will get it out and we'll start the shots as soon as we get them."

DeWine added that while there may be some skepticism about the vaccine, the most important thing is what the medical professionals are saying, and residents are urged to listen to them. 

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