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Gov. DeWine suggests that 60% of Ohio’s nursing home workers are choosing not to get COVID-19 vaccine

Gov. DeWine suggests that 60% of Ohio’s nursing home workers are choosing not to get COVID-19...
Gov. DeWine suggests that 60% of Ohio’s nursing home workers are choosing not to get COVID-19 vaccin
Published: Jan. 1, 2021 at 12:00 PM EST
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - During his end-of-the-year remarks on Wednesday, Gov. Mike DeWine said approximately 60% of nursing home workers in the state are opting out of receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.

Nursing home workers account for a portion of the individuals eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in Phase 1A of the rollout. The governor expresses disappointment in the number of nursing home employees who said they are not willing to take the vaccine when it’s offered to them.

“We aren’t going to make them but we wish they had a higher compliance,” the governor said.

The remarks from the governor were delivered as he emphasized a sense of urgency to distribute the vaccine and for Ohioans to receive it.

“I am saying everyone who’s offered an opportunity to take the vaccine,” Gov. DeWine said. “Obviously, it’s your choice. I would ask you to have a sense of urgency about that.”

“We cannot guarantee if you pass that up, when you’re going to have that opportunity again,” Gov. DeWine added.

Over 500,000 doses of the vaccine have been shipped to Ohio, but Gov. DeWine said less than 100,000 shots have been administered so far.

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