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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.

First Weekend Booked At Cintas Center Vaccination Site, But More Slots Coming

Bill Rinehart
The Cintas Center opened as a mass COVID-19 vaccination site Thursday morning.

Xavier's Cintas Center is open through Saturday as a mass vaccination site. Semele Foundas went through in the first hour, Thursday morning, and says the process, from signing in to getting the shot, was seamless.

"I got here early and the line was hardly long at all," she says. "It's a well-organized machine," she says.

The clinic opened with 10,000 doses for the three days. All appointments are taken at this clinic, but officials say more doses are coming. The Cintas Center is one of 18 mass vaccination sites across Ohio.

Kevin Buckley says he had to take a couple of runs at getting an appointment. "I was checking online. I signed up the first day I was eligible. Just get in early and make sure you just keep trying if you don't succeed the first time."

"I haven't hugged my parents who are in their 70s and have health problems," he says. "I haven't hugged them in over a year. I'm looking forward to that."

Kroger is operating the Cintas Center site with employees and members of the Ohio National Guard. The state of Ohio has links to other providers, searchable by location.

David Rich has advice for anyone getting a dose: "Just make sure you don't miss your appointment. It was easy to get in and out. I don't like needles and I don't like shots, but the guy had it in and out and a Band-Aid on my arm before I knew it."

Bill Rinehart started his radio career as a disc jockey in 1990. In 1994, he made the jump into journalism and has been reporting and delivering news on the radio ever since.