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Ohio will use Pfizer to vaccinate 16, 17-year-old students at school before summer break

Emily Bamforth, |

Ohio health departments and vaccine providers should reach out to schools to make plans to offer the coronavirus vaccine to 16 or 17-year-olds, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said on Monday.

Some departments are already actively working with districts to offer these students the vaccine. The state wants to vaccinate this age group before summer break. 

Only Pfizer is approved for 16 and 17-year-olds. These students will need a permission slip to get the vaccine.

Ohio Sets Goal Of Vaccinating Most College Students Before Summer Break

Andy Chow, Statehouse News Bureau |

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

Last week, the state announced plans to offer Johnson & Johnson vaccines to college campuses, with the one shot fitting into the academic calendar before students return home.

“What that does is, it will increase the number of students that will actually get vaccinated because they can get it on their own campus,” says DeWine.

DeWine says doing this now before students leave helps the students, the hometowns they return to for the summer, as well as the universities planning to hold in-person instruction in the fall. 

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