More than 50% of Ohio’s adult population has received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, however, Governor Mike DeWine is encouraging more Ohioans, especially those in the 18-59 age-range, to get vaccinated.
Despite the lift in pandemic-related restrictions, Bruce Vanderhoff, MD, chief medical officer at the Ohio Department of Health, reminds Ohioans that the unvaccinated, including everyone under the age of 12, are still at risk.
“COVID remains a very real danger to every unvaccinated Ohioan,” said Dr. Vanderhoff. “We often think of COVID as being benign for children, but it is now one of the top 10 causes of death for children in the United States. Vaccination is our best protection against COVID, and we really owe it not just to ourselves to get vaccinated, but to all we care about, including those who are not yet able to be vaccinated. While it is true that younger Ohioans may not have the level of risk that older Ohioans have, bad things can happen to people of any age who get COVID-19.”