DeWine Announces Initial Vaccine Schedule for the Public

Gov. Mike DeWine yesterday announced the planned vaccine group schedules through early February, allowing that vaccine shipments remain in flux and should be confirmed to providers each Tuesday. As hospitals and other providers continue to work through the top priority groups of front-line health care workers and nursing home residents and staff, DeWine said the next priorities among the general public will be:
  • Week of Jan. 19 – Ohioans age 80 and over
  • Week Jan. 25 – Ohioans 75 and older, and the qualifying age drops by five years every week thereafter until all those 65 and older have an opportunity
  • Beginning Feb. 1 – Adults employed by or attending Ohio K-12 schools. Schools must commit to opening for in-person classes by March 1 to be in the priority group.
The state is currently is receiving about 100,000 doses weekly. The governor said local health departments are to begin weekly public briefings when they have confirmation of that week’s shipment volume to inform their community’s residents of where and how to secure their vaccination.

The state expects to post local provider information and requirements around Jan. 19 at as the public phases begin.