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Ohio’s tentative plan for vaccinating school staff

Statehouse News Bureau and WVXU |

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.

DeWine says the target date for this group to begin receiving vaccinations is January 25. People 80 years and older will be among the first as well as those with early onset health conditions.

Then teachers and staff will start receiving the vaccine on February 1. Schools will be asked to submit a request with the pledge to begin in-person education five-days-a-week in March.

DeWine said the state this week is sending forms to school superintendents. Those who commit to offering in-person or hybrid instruction by March 1, will be able to have their personnel vaccinated. “Our goal is to have every child in school by March 1,” DeWine said. He acknowledged school personnel would not receive both doses of the vaccine by then, but he said all those who want the vaccine should be able to receive the first dose by that date.

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