CLEVELAND (FOX19) - Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine says the state is extending eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine.
“It’s a moral imperative that we move as quickly as we can to vaccinate all Ohioans who wish to be vaccinated. We expect a significant increase in vaccines coming to Ohio soon, so we will expand vaccine eligibility,” the governor said.
Beginning Friday, March 19, those with cancer, chronic kidney disease, COPD, heart disease and obesity will be eligible.
The governor also announced all Ohioans 40 and older can receive their vaccine.
Under the guidelines, 1.6 million new Ohioans will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.
On Monday, March 29, DeWine said Ohioans 16 and older will be eligible.
FDA emergency use authorization only allows those ages 16 and 17 to receive the Pfizer vaccine.
The governor was in Cleveland on Tuesday morning to mark the soft opening of the state’s first mass vaccination clinic when he made the announcements.
Over 2.4 million vaccine doses have been administered in Ohio, or approximately one-fifth of the state’s population has received a shot.
The state is expected to receive 400,000 vaccine doses next week with a “significant increase” anticipated the week beginning March 29.
The Ohio Department of Health has started scheduling vaccine appointments through a central scheduling tool.
The tool can be used to figure out if you are eligible to receive the vaccine, schedule an appointment, and receive updates and reminders.
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