CINCINNATI – Mayor John Cranley received his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Friday afternoon, the first day he was eligible.
“They are about to put needles in my arm,” he joked in a video posted on Twitter at the doctor’s office. “Help.”
Today is one of the most exciting days I’ve had in the past year so we had to have fun. I happily received my first dose of the Moderna vaccine from Jenny Scott, Director of Nursing at @cincihealthdept. I feel great, no pain so far. Please get yours if you can. pic.twitter.com/xIhSiurR0W
– John Cranley (@JohnCranley) March 19, 2021
Craley, 47, qualifies for the shot under Ohio’s new guidelines that called all Ohioans over 40 on Friday for vaccination.
Governor Mike DeWine plans to extend the criteria to every adult in the state starting March 29.
It’s a quick jump, DeWine admitted in his Thursday afternoon press conference, but the state expects to receive thousands of additional doses in its weekly allocation from the federal government soon.
It is better to use it than to waste it, he added. This means expanding the authorization to ensure the broadest possible patient base.
Cranley received the shot from Jenny Scott, director of nursing for the Cincinnati Health Department.
“I encourage everyone to get vaccinated as soon as they are eligible,” he said.