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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.

How's The COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout Going In Ohio?

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Katie Walz, RN, in the cardiovascular ICU at UC Medical Center, was the first recipient at UC of Pfizer's COVID vaccine.

Ohioans age 65 and older, school employees and people with medical conditions that put them at high-risk will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine in about two weeks. This group, called "1B" in Ohio's vaccination plan, includes about 2.2 million people.

So how is Ohio's vaccination rollout going so far? As more people become eligible for the shot will they actually get it, or is there some hesitancy? And can your employer mandate the vaccine?

Joining Cincinnati Edition to discuss the vaccine are UC Health Medical Director for Emergency Management and Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine Dustin Calhoun, MD; University of Cincinnati College of Medicine Associate Dean of Graduate Medical Education Louito Edje, MD; and Graydon Attorney Lee Geiger.

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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.