People over 60, law enforcement added to Ohio’s COVID-19 vaccine eligibility list

State to receive 96K doses Johnson & Johnson vaccine this week

Gov. Mike DeWine announces state to begin Phase 1C of COVID-19 vaccinations

COLUMBUS, Ohio (FOX19) - Gov. Mike DeWine announced Monday that the state is ready to move into Phase 1C of COVID-19 vaccinations.

People who are living with type 1 diabetes, pregnant, bone marrow recipients, and those living with ALS, in addition to people who are working in childcare service, funeral services, law enforcement and corrections officers, will be eligible to start receiving the vaccine as of March 4.

In addition, Phase 2 of the state’s vaccination program will kick in on March 4 when the age of eligibility will be lowered to 60.

“Approximately 246,000 people are eligible under the 1C group. Phase 2 adds approximately 695,000 eligible Ohioans,” DeWine said.

People who do not have internet access or are having trouble managing the online scheduling systems should call their local health department, the 211 helpline center, or the Area Agencies on Aging at 1-866-243-5678.

Teachers in K-12 schools are also able eligible 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.

DeWine says that approximately 200,000 K-12 school personnel have received the COVID-19 vaccine. As of Monday, less than 10% of school districts still offer no in-person classes, compared to nearly 50% in January.

The governor also announced that Ohio will receive 96,100 doses of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine this week.

In total, the state expects to receive 448,390 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine this week.

DeWine says the Johnson & Johnson vaccine will be distributed to more than 200 independent pharmacies as well as chain pharmacies, hospitals, and health departments that have not received any vaccines.

On Monday, the Ohio Department of Health reported an additional 1,452 COVID-19 cases and 103 deaths.

Health officials say the total number of cases since the pandemic started is 968,874. The total number of deaths is 17,346.

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