COLUMBUS, Ohio (FOX19) - The next phase and which groups will soon be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine was outlined by Gov. Mike DeWine on Thursday.
With around 221,000 Ohioans already receiving the first dose of the vaccine in phase 1A, the governor says this part of the plan will continue for some in the coming weeks.
While some will still be in that phase, the next one, 1B will begin for others.
Phase 1B will begin on Jan. 19 and makes anyone 80 years old and older eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, according to Gov. DeWine. This phase is for those in that age group who do not live in a long term care facility.
The governor says there are about 420,000 people in Ohio who are 80 years old and older. Since Ohio will only get around 100,000 doses of the vaccine in the next rollout, DeWine said not everyone in the age group will be able to get vaccinated.
As phase 1B continues, the current plan is to subtract five years each week from the previous eligible age group.
- Jan. 25 - Ohioans 75 and older
- Feb. 1 - Ohioans 70 and older
- Feb. 8 - Ohioans 65 and older
During the week of Feb. 1, Gov. DeWine says school personnel will begin to receive the vaccine, but only if the district commits to returning to in-person or hybrid learning by March 1.
The governor began his Thursday update talking about Ohio’s COVID-19 key indicators.
Three of the four key indicators tracked by the Ohio Department of Health for Thursday were above the 21-day average, the state’s data shows.
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