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Ohio’s Early Child Care Providers ‘Left Out’ Of Vaccine Rollout

Jenny Hamel, ideastream |

Gov. Mike DeWine said Tuesday his team will continue to evaluate the state’s COVID-19 vaccine priorities after early child care workers submitted a petition with 11,000 signatures asking to be included in the upcoming vaccination tier for teachers.

Early child care providers were not included in Phase 1B of Ohio’s vaccination distribution plan with their K-12 peers, leaving the state’s childcare industry feeling “confused” and “left out,” said Jessica Robins, director of early childhood services at the Mandel JCC in Beachwood.

Robins, along with other day care directors in Northeast Ohio, spearheaded the petition effort and sent it to DeWine’s office on Friday asking to be included in the list of educators getting vaccinated in February.

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