Ohioans 75+, those with developmental and intellectual disabilities now eligible for COVID-19 vaccine

Updated: Jan. 25, 2021 at 8:15 AM EST
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (FOX19) - As of Jan. 25, Gov. Mike DeWine says those over the age of 75 will be eligible to start receiving the COVID-19 vaccine if they choose.

DeWine says those with developmental and intellectual disabilities coupled with severe congenital, developmental, or early-onset medical disorders will also be eligible for the vaccine Monday.

In order to be eligible, people under the age of 75 must have both a developmental or intellectual disability and one of the following conditions:

  • Cerebral palsy
  • Spina bifida
  • Severe congenital heart disease requiring hospitalization within the past year
  • Severe type 1 diabetes requiring hospitalization within the past year
  • Inherited metabolic disorders including phenylketonuria
  • Severe neurological disorders including epilepsy, hydrocephaly, and microcephaly
  • Severe genetic disorders including Down syndrome, fragile X syndrome, Prader-Willi syndrome, Turner syndrome, and muscular dystrophy
  • Severe lung disease, including asthma requiring hospitalization within the past year, and cystic fibrosis
  • Sickle cell anemia
  • Alpha and beta thalassemia
  • Solid organ transplant patients

The governor reminds eager Ohioans that the vaccine is in limited supply.

However, he says more shipments are arriving each week.

The Ohio Department of Health has launched a tool on to assist residents looking for a provider that has been allocated vaccines.

On Feb. 1, vaccinations are anticipated to begin for those ages 70 and up.

On Feb. 8, they are anticipated to begin for those ages 65 and up.

DeWine said 96 percent of public school districts have committed to returning to school at least partially in-person by March 1.

“For those districts and other schools that have made this commitment, the State has designated a local Educational Service Center as a working partner. These Educational Service Centers are communicating this week with each school district to confirm final plans,” he said.

Find more information about the vaccine here.

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