coronavirus - vaccine

Nurse gives shot during Franklin County vaccine clinic
Dan Konik

Ohio is seeing what leaders are calling a "significant" increase in COVID-19 cases and to counter the spike, the state is searching for more options on where to go to get vaccinated.

A technician from the Findlay College of Pharmacy fills a syringe with a dose of the Pfizer vaccine at a clinic in Reynoldsburg in February 2021.
Dan Konik

The state is calling on local health departments and Ohio school districts to find ways to connect high school students with the COVID-19 vaccine. It's part of a month-long effort to vaccinate eligible teenagers and young adults.

Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) and First Lady Fran DeWine tour OSU's vaccination clinic at the Schottenstein Center.
Andy Chow

More than 50 colleges and universities across Ohio are launching COVID-19 vaccination clinics this week, including all 14 public universities.

Gov. Mike DeWine speaks in his daily press briefing on April 30. Five days later he announced budget cuts of $775 million.
Office of Gov. Mike DeWine

Ohio is expanding eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine Friday to include people 40-years-old and up and additional qualifying health conditions.

Dan Konik

The national goal laid out by President Joe Biden to make the COVID-19 vaccine available to every adult by May 1 is within reach for Ohio, according to Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio).

Office of Gov. Mike DeWine

Starting Thursday all Ohioans over 50 will be able to get the shot along with those who have Type 2 diabetes and end-stage renal disease.

Dan Konik

Drug companies are about to start sending more doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to Ohio. But even with more shots, Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) says the state will hold eligibility at 65 years and older starting next week.

Dan Konik

Thousands of teachers and school staff around Ohio are getting their first round of the COVID-19 vaccine. Teachers who lined up to be among the first to get the shot say it's about personal responsibility to protect students and the community. 

Office of Gov. Mike DeWine

The state of Ohio says it's continuing to try and reach out into communities to increase vaccination among people of color. The number of Black people getting the vaccine compared to other race groups is disproportionately low.

COVID-19 vaccine, January 2021
Franklin County Public Health

More than 91,000 school teachers and staff around the state are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. But some educators say they ran into slow and unresponsive system while trying to sign up for the shot.

Office of Gov. Mike DeWine

The state is preparing to distribute the first widespread round of COVID-19 vaccines to teachers and staff at K-12 schools. Gov. Mike DeWine says this accomplishes the goal of bringing back in-person instruction in March.

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An investigation is under way after a vaccine provider in Columbus allowed nearly 900 COVID-19 shots to expire. The state says the provider didn't monitor the temperature of the vials.

Medical professionals at Ohio State University's Wexner Medical Center were among the first in the state to get the COVID-19 vaccine last month.
Wexner Medical Center, Ohio State University

The state is vaccinating people 80-years-old and up as part of the next phase of the immunization rollout. But a scarcity of the vaccine and distribution errors are causing challenges in Ohio.

Office of Gov. Mike DeWine

The next shipment of COVID-19 vaccines to Ohio will fall well below how much is needed to immunize the next eligible group. The next shipment would only cover less than 25% of the recipients that qualify for the next phase.

Medical professionals at Ohio State University's Wexner Medical Center were among the first in the state to get the COVID-19 vaccine last month.
Wexner Medical Center, Ohio State University

The state is pushing forward with more COVID vaccinations with new age groups eligible in the next few weeks, even as some communities are saying the vaccine supply is inconsistent.

An empty hallway at a middle school in Westerville after K-12 schools were closed in March 2020.
Karen Kasler

Ohio’s teachers and school employees are in the next group that will get the coronavirus vaccine starting February 1. And superintendents are signing pledges that they will return to either hybrid or in-person learning on March 1 as a condition of their workers getting the vaccine.

Mike DeWine, September 3, 2020
Office of Gov. Mike DeWine

State and local health officials are working on a plan to distribute the COVID-19 vaccine to millions of newly eligible people. Exactly how a person can get the vaccine will depend on systems created on the local level.

Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center administers first round of COVID-19 vaccine to staff, December 14, 2020
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The state has a tentative plan for how it will roll out the next phase of vaccination. The group known as 1B includes people over the age of 65, those with serious health conditions, and K-12 school teachers and staff.

Office of Gov. Mike DeWine

Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) says the state will release a plan in the coming days to explain how the COVID-19 vaccine will be distributed to a wider group of people. The eligibility parameters for Group 1B includes people over 65, those with serious health conditions, or who work at a K-12 school.

Gov. Mike DeWine speaks in his daily press briefing on April 30. Five days later he announced budget cuts of $775 million.
Office of Gov. Mike DeWine

Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) says he is not happy with the pace of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout in Ohio. But he says there are challenges standing in the way of speeding up the process.

U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams tweeted out this photo of him speaking with reporters on a remote conference call Saturday, after a virtual meeting with Gov. Mike DeWine.
@surgeon_general/Twitter

Ohio moved past 8,000 confirmed and probable deaths from COVID-19 over the weekend. And around 4,500 Ohio health care workers and nursing home residents and staff have gotten a first dose of the vaccine to protect them from the coronavirus.

Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center administers first round of COVID-19 vaccine to staff, December 14, 2020
Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center/Twitter

Nearly 2,000 doctors, nurses, and health care workers around the state are set to receive the first round of the COVID-19 vaccine.

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Ohio is planning to receive the first batch of the COVID-19 vaccine around December 15, with another batch coming a week later. This begins the multi-tiered distribution process of immunization for the coronavirus in the state.