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More Ohioans Are Eligible For COVID-19 Vaccines

Dan Konik

Starting Thursday, more Ohioans will be eligible for COVID vaccines. That’s because nearly a half a million more doses will be available this week.

Gov. Mike DeWine says with the J&J vaccine on its way, the next group of eligible Ohioans can register to start receiving vaccines Thursday. 

“We are lowering the eligibility to 60. Anybody above 60 is eligible," DeWine says.

Credit Gov. Mike DeWine's office

In addition to the Phase 2 vaccinations beginning later this week, DeWine adds  some occupations and health conditions to create a Phase 1 C.

Credit Gov. Mike DeWine's office

Police, firefighters, corrections officers, funeral service providers and child care workers become eligible Thursday. So do Ohioans with Type 1 diabetes, those with bone marrow transplants, people with ALS and those who are pregnant.   

Credit Gov. Mike DeWine's office

DeWine says all Ohioans who will be eligible for shots under the 1 C or Phase 2 categories can register with providers now and begin getting the vaccines Thursday.

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Jo Ingles is a professional journalist who covers politics and Ohio government for the Ohio Public Radio and Television for the Ohio Public Radio and Television Statehouse News Bureau. She reports on issues of importance to Ohioans including education, legislation, politics, and life and death issues such as capital punishment.