Ohio COVID-19 vaccine shipments delayed due to snowy, icy weather

Ohio Gov. Mike Dewine Feb. 16, 2021 COVID-19 briefing

COLUMBUS, Ohio (FOX19) - The snow and icy weather from this week disrupted COVID-19 vaccine shipments to Ohio.

Vaccines coming directly from Pfizer and Moderna to providers will be delayed by one to two days, according to Gov. Mike DeWine.

The weather also forced some clinics to cancel vaccine appointments.

The governor says a person who had an appointment postponed should have heard from their provider.

If a person has not been contacted about when their vaccine appointment has been rescheduled, that individual should contact the provider.

In speaking about the vaccine, the governor gave an update on the progress of the state’s centralized scheduling system.

It will provide a single location for Ohioans to confirm that they are eligible to be vaccinated, identify nearby providers, and schedule their vaccine appointment.

DeWine says step one in getting the site up is complete, but there is still work to be done.

The next step will be to launch an “aggressive outreach” to get vaccine providers signed up for the system.

Once enough providers have agreed to join the centralized scheduling system, DeWine says the vaccine scheduling system will go live online.

Agencies on aging and other groups will be available to help those who do not have access to the internet with appointment scheduling.

Residents ages 65 and older are currently eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine in Ohio. The governor says the state will not lower the eligible age for the vaccine for a few more weeks.

Teachers in K-12 schools are also able to get the COVID-19 vaccine as long as their school district has signed a document to return to in-person learning by March 1.

Cincinnati Public Schools is one of those districts to sign that agreement, DeWine has said.

CPS’ Board of Education voted last week to reverse an earlier decision that would have reopened Walnut Hills High School to in-person learning with a hybrid model.

Walnut Hills would have reopened with 3′ of separation between students due to spatial constraints, whereas the district-wide policy requires 6′ of separation.

Last week, the governor said, “that is simply not acceptable.”

He doubled down on those remarks Tuesday by saying CPS’ superintendent signed the document which did not include an exception for Walnut Hills.

The governor added if students and staff wear masks while in the classroom, they can be closer than 6′.

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