On December 23, 2020, Governor Mike DeWine announced the goals of Phase 1B of COVID-19 vaccine distribution are to save lives and for schools to be fully open by Monday, March 1.
“Ohioans in the 65 and older category make up just under 87% of COVID-19 deaths. This is a stunning number, and it’s critical that we protect our older Ohioans,” said Gov. DeWine.
In the next phase, vaccines will be available to those who choose to receive them who are 65 years or older or those living with severe congenital, developmental, or early-onset medical disorders. Additionally, adults working in Ohio’s schools will have the option to receive the vaccine. This is intended to assist schools in returning to in-person learning. Additional details about the next phase are forthcoming.
Phase 1A members are currently receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. This phase includes health care workers and personnel, nursing homes residents and staff, assisted living facilities residents and staff, psychiatric hospital patients and staff, people with developmental disabilities and those with mental illness who live in group homes or centers and staff at those locations, Ohio veterans’ homes residents and staff, and EMS responders.