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Scarce COVID-19 vaccines mean Ohio teachers won’t have same shot at first dose

Jessie Balmert, Randy Ludlow, Cincinnati Enquirer |

Because of a scarcity of vaccines, the state’s 334,000 school teachers and staff will receive initial doses in stages. Cincinnati Public Schools will go first, starting on Thursday. About 91,000 school employees will be eligible to receive the vaccine next week. 

“It’s going to be a rolling start,” Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said. “We’re going to have a large number of schools throughout the state in that first week, and more in the second week and on and on.”   

DeWine’s team is deciding which schools get the vaccine first, but he didn’t detail how they were making those decisions. Public and private schools will not be treated differently. “Our goal has been to get kids in school,” DeWine said. “We’re juggling trying to get enough to do that at the same time we’re moving forward on our older Ohio citizens. If we had more vaccine, we wouldn’t be juggling.” 

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