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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.

Mass Vaccination Clinics Opening Around Ohio This Month

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Darron Cummings
Ohio neighbor Indiana held its first mass vaccination clinic at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Friday, March 5, where Gov. Eric Holcomb received the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Updated: Wednesday, March 10, 12:17 p.m.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine says a mass vaccination clinic will first open in Cleveland this month with the capacity to administer 6,000 COVID-19 vaccines a day. Fourteen more mass vaccination sites will open around the state, including at Xavier University's Cintas Center in Cincinnati, Dayton Convention Center and Wilmington Air Park. 

Cleveland's clinic will be held for eight weeks at the Wolstein Center on Cleveland State University's campus. Doses administered at the center will be in addition to the state's regular vaccine allotment.

"We are building a system in Ohio that can surge up pretty quickly—over 1,200 sites around the state of Ohio; 15 sites that we announced today that will be coming in the latter part of March," DeWine said Friday.

Individuals cannot yet book an appointment for the Wolstein Center clinic in Cleveland, but they soon will be able to sign up online, over the phone or even in person, DeWine said. The clinic will open for about 100 people March 16 as a test run, and become fully operational March 17.

In addition to the 15 sites DeWine announced Friday, another 50,000 doses of Pfizer's vaccine will be dedicated to two pop-up mass vaccination sites in Columbus and Cincinnati. Those are expected to open March 18 at the following locations: 

  •  In Cincinnati at the Cintas Center, 1624 Herald Avenue. This location will offer approximately 10,000 first doses and 10,000 second doses. First dose clinic dates: March 18, 19 and 20, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Second dose clinic dates: April 8, 9 and 10 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 
  • In Columbus at the St. John Arena, 410 Woody Hayes Drive. This location will administer up to 12,500 first doses and 12,500 second doses. First dose clinic dates: March 18, 19, 20 and 21 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Second dose clinic dates: April, 8, 9, 10 and 11 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. 

In a release announcing these locations, DeWine said "details on how to register for an appointment will be available in the coming days." WVXU will update this article with that information when it becomes available. 
You still need to be eligible under the state's guidelines—which currently includes individuals over 50 and people with certain high-risk medical conditions—to get a dose.

The governor says clinics will be equipped to administer between 300 and 3,000 vaccines a day depending on location, supply and demand. Sites will remain open until they are no longer necessary.

You can see a statewide list of locations here

WCPN's Anna Huntsman contributed to this report.

This article first published March 5 and has been updated.