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Governor Mike DeWine and Fran DeWine visit Heritage Hall College of Medicine on Monday, April 12, 2021, in Athens, OH. DeWine toured the facility and watched as three OU students were given the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and then spoke to the media about the vaccination efforts and supply in Ohio. "Our way to get back to normal is the vaccine, it's the only way to get back."

Ohio University Switching COVID-19 Vaccine In Response To Safety Concerns

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Ohio University is switching to the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for its student clinics after federal officials recommended a temporary halt in use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine for safety reasons. Also, because the Pfizer vaccine requires two doses three weeks apart, students will be allowed to get one of the… Read More

Gov. DeWine receives his second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Governor, First Lady Receive 2nd COVID-19 Vaccine Shot

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The office of Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine says the governor and first lady Fran DeWine have received the second dose of the coronavirus vaccine. The Republican governor and his wife were eligible because both are older than 70. DeWine has said he would not cut in line for the shots but… Read More

Miriam Palomino, right, received the COVID-19 vaccine in Paterson, N.J., Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. The first people arrived around 2:30 a.m. for the chance to be vaccinated at one of the few sites that does not require an appointment.

Ohio Health Officials Tackle COVID-19 Vaccine Myths In Virtual Town Halls

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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WCPN) — The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) wants to combat misinformation about the COVID-19 vaccine by hosting town halls targeting specific, underserved communities and their questions over the next two weeks. “It is important to share reliable, factual information about COVID-19 vaccines with all Ohioans,” said ODH Director Stephanie McCloud in an… Read More

Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio)

DeWine: Ohio Will Have 1,300 Schools Vaccinated By End Of Week

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WOSU) — Calling it an “urgent necessity” to return students to the classroom, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine says more than 1,300 schools will have their teachers and staff vaccinated against COVID-19 by the end of the week. At his coronavirus briefing Tuesday, DeWine outlined the state’s strategy for dealing with the education disruptions levied… Read More

The Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine

DeWine: COVID Vaccines Mishandled In 5 NE Ohio Nursing Homes

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WVXU) — Some patients at five nursing homes in Northeast Ohio will have to repeat their COVID-19 vaccinations after Walgreens informed the state that some doses weren’t stored at the right temperature, Gov. Mike DeWine announced Tuesday. “Vaccines were given – and there is no harm to anyone – but these vaccinations will… Read More

A pharmacist labels syringes in a clean room where doses of COVID-19 vaccines will be handled, Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020, at Mount Sinai Queens hospital in New York.

W.Va. Sees 16% Bump In Vaccine Doses From Federal Government

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia officials say President Joe Biden is making good on his pledge to increase vaccine supplies with a 16% bump in first doses received by the Mountain State this week. State spokesman Lawrence Messina said the shipment of first doses from the federal government increased by 3,700 this week, up… Read More

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School Teachers, Staff Report Issues Trying To Schedule COVID-19 Vaccine

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — More than 91,000 school teachers and staff around the state are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. But some educators say they ran into slow and unresponsive system while trying to sign up for the shot. School districts in 12 Ohio counties are able to sign up for the… Read More

Vaccination process on Monday, December 14, 2020.

Ohio Is Working To Improve COVID Vaccination Scheduling

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — If you are over 75 and qualify for a COVID vaccine in Ohio, you can go to the state’s coronavirus website and find places where they are being offered. But many Ohioans still find it difficult to get a shot scheduled. Many vaccine-qualified Ohioans have to spend hours, sometimes days, trying to access… Read More

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Ohio’s K-12 School Employees Will Begin Getting COVID-19 Vaccines Thursday

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Ohio’s K-12 schools will begin vaccinating their employees later this week. But the schedule for shot clinics is based on vaccine accessibility. Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine says one school district will begin getting shots Thursday and others are scheduled for next week. “They should know that and should have been… Read More

Hopkins County Schools Superintendent Deanna Ashby received a vaccine earlier this month.

With COVID Vaccinations Underway, Some Frontline Workers Are Hesitant To Receive It

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MURRAY, Ky. (OVR) — More than 969,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to long-term care workers, teachers, and additional frontline health care workers around the Ohio Valley.  But  a surprising number of workers in some key sectors are hesitant or are refusing to get a shot, including some rural school staff in Kentucky,… Read More

A pharmacist labels syringes in a clean room where doses of COVID-19 vaccines will be handled, Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020, at Mount Sinai Queens hospital in New York.

Virus Vaccine Online Signup Portal Debuts In West Virginia

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia is debuting an online portal for residents to register for coronavirus vaccine appointments. Gov. Jim Justice says the new system launches Monday and will help streamline vaccination efforts statewide. The new website comes after complaints of long wait times to book a shot. According to the Department of Health… Read More

Mike DeWine wearing mask

DeWine Asks Biden For More COVID-19 Vaccine, National Strategies

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The transition from a Trump to Biden administration means changes for the nation’s approach to the COVID-19 pandemic. Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) says there’s one glaring issue the state needs help with moving forward. President Joe Biden and his staff have reached out to states to find out what changes… Read More

Gov. Mike DeWine holds a coronavirus press conference on September 15, 2020.

Ohioans 80 And Up Eligible For COVID-19 Vaccine Starting This Week

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Updated: 4:32 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2020 COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCPN) —Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine celebrated the next phase of the state’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout on Tuesday, broadcasting the inoculation of several seniors during his twice-weekly pandemic update. The state launched Phase 1B of vaccine distribution Tuesday, and Ohioans age 80 and older are first in… Read More

A health care worker administers a COVID-19 vaccination

Athens Co. Expanding COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County will have more COVID-19 vaccine providers next week as the state’s eligibility for the shots expands Kroger Pharmacies in the county, along with Shrivers Pharmacies and Hopewell Health Centers in Athens and Nelsonville will be offering limited amounts of vaccine to people in Phase 1B, which includes highest priority people… Read More

A pharmacist passes syringes from a clean room into the main pharmacy, Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020 at Mount Sinai Queens hospital in New York.

Ohioans Will Soon Be Able To Search For Vaccine Locations Online

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WVXU) — At 8 a.m. Friday morning, all Ohioans can go to Coronavirus.Ohio.gov and search by county or zip code to find a location that is offering the vaccine for COVID-19, Gov. Mike DeWine announced during a Thursday briefing. “It will be up to those locations that will have the vaccine to do their… Read More

Athens Schools On Track To Resume Hybrid Instruction

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — The Athens School District is still planning to have students return to in-person instruction the last week of January. The district suspended in-person instruction for the first three weeks of January out of concern that the community might see a surge in COVID-19 cases after the holidays. Superintendent Tom Gibbs told… Read More

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine

DeWine Lays Out Plan to Vaccinate Elderly, School Personnel

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WKSU) — As Ohio continues to distribute COVID-19 vaccines, Gov. Mike DeWine outlined plans to add recipients in group 1B in the coming weeks. He also said he’s disturbed by reports that some counties, including Erie County in northern Ohio, have vaccinated people not included in the 1A group. “Every time we vaccinate… Read More

A pharmacist labels syringes in a clean room where doses of COVID-19 vaccines will be handled, Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020, at Mount Sinai Queens hospital in New York.

DeWine: COVID-19 Vaccinations In Ohio Moving Too Slowly

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Updated: 4:50 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020 COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCPN) — The process of vaccinating health care workers and people living in nursing homes is going too slowly, according to Gov. Mike DeWine. As of Wednesday, 94,078 Ohioans had received the coronavirus vaccine, less than one percent of the total population. The first vaccines arrived in the state to… Read More