DeWine Shares Letter from OHA, Announces New Vaccine Incentives

Gov. Mike DeWine during a press conference yesterday provided an update on the increased impact COVID-19 hospitalizations are having on Ohio hospitals and launched a new vaccine incentive effort to help keep children in school.

OHA on Sept. 23 sent a letter to the Governor’s office reporting that increasing cases are putting a strain on hospital staff and resources. OHA expressed concern over the strained resources impacting the ability to care for all patients. Some Ohio hospitals are diverting patients away from emergency departments, cancelling certain procedures, experiencing long wait times in emergency departments, and shutting down certain units to redeploy staff to critical cases. Read the full letter here.

The Governor also announced a new vaccine incentive, Vax-2-School, to keep kids in school, in-person, five days a week. The program will be open to Ohioans aged 12 to 25 years old and will be similar to the scholarship portion of the successful Vax-a-Million program. Prizes will include 50 scholarships worth $10,000 each and five $100,000 scholarships to an Ohio college or university for career or technical education. Information on registration will be released in the coming days.