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Ohio Cancer Patients Wonder Why They're Not A Priority For COVID Vaccines

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The list of Ohioans who will be eligible for COVID vaccines come Thursday will include people 50 and over, those with type 2 diabetes and end-stage renal disease. But the priority list still doesn’t include cancer patients. 

When Gov. Mike DeWine announced the expansion of the list this week, Bryan Hannon, director of government relations for the American Cancer Society says he was a little confounded. 

“Certainly, going by an age-based approach has made sense for Ohio but once you start adding in other chronic diseases and conditions but not adding in cancer, as the CDC recommends, it certainly leaves us with a lot of questions," Hannon says.

David Dillahunt, Executive Director of the Ohio Hematology Oncology Society, is also wondering why cancer patients are not on the list.

“I just don’t know why they just haven’t taken that step to include those who are fighting cancer and those who tend to end up in the hospital if things go wrong. They are much more likely, if they get COVID, than those who are not currently going through cancer treatment," Dillahunt says.

There are at least 17 states that have put patients with cancer on the priority list for COVID vaccines. 

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