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As a new strain of coronavirus (COVID-19) swept through the world in 2020, preparedness plans, masking policies and more public policy changed just as quickly. WVXU has covered the pandemic's impact on the Tri-State from the very beginning, when on March 3, 2020, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine barred spectators from attending the Arnold Sports Festival in Columbus over concerns about the virus, even though Ohio had yet to confirm a single case of COVID-19.

UC Physician Is Among The First In Cincinnati To Receive The COVID-19 Vaccine

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On Friday, Dec. 11, UC Health received the supply kits needed to administer the vaccine.

Dr. Suzanne Bennett got a very welcome shot in the arm on Monday. She is among the first 20 frontline health care workers to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at UC Medical Center. It was the first Cincinnati hospital to receive a shipment of the Pfizer vaccine.

Dr. Bennett is the ECMOs program director for UC Health. The ECMO team cares for the most critically ill COVID-19 patients in southwest Ohio.

Joining Cincinnati Edition to discuss her first dose of the vaccine is University of Cincinnati College of MedicineAssociate Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology & Critical Care and UC Health Physician and ECMO Program Director Suzanne Bennett, MD.

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Michael Monks brings a broad range of experience to WVXU-FM as the host of Cincinnati Edition, Cincinnati Public Radio's weekday news and information talk show.