COLUMBUS— State Rep. Beth Liston (D-Dublin) received the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine this morning, making her the first member of the Ohio General Assembly to receive the vaccine.
“I am very excited to take this important step in our recovery. The process was smooth and the shot was virtually painless. I was monitored after receiving the vaccine and experienced no issues.”
Rep. Liston is a Hospital Medicine physician who has been working the front-lines of the coronavirus pandemic for months, treating patients infected with the virus that has infected more than 637,000 Ohioans and killed more than 8,000.
“Immunity will take time and we must all continue to be vigilante with masks and social distancing. However, as more and more Ohioans get vaccinated, we can see a path forward that keeps people healthy and helps us return towards normal.”
According to the Ohio Department of Health, there will initially be a limited number of vaccines available. Ohio is prioritizing heath care workers who are routinely involved with the care of COVID-19 patients, like Rep. Liston, as among the first to receive the vaccine. Others involved in the Phase 1A distribution include:
- Residents and staff at nursing facilities
- Residents and staff at assisted living facilities
- Patients and staff at psychiatric hospitals
- People with intellectual disabilities and those with mental illness who in group homes or centers and staff at those locations
- Residents and staff of Ohio’s veterans homes
- EMS responders
For more information about the COVID-19 vaccine and Ohio’s vaccination program, visit the Ohio Department of Health’s website.