Gov. Mike DeWine: ‘hope to have every kid back in school’ by March

Updated: Jan. 4, 2021 at 6:33 AM EST
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CEDARVILLE, Ohio (WOIO) - Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said he hopes to have every kid back in the classroom for in-person instruction by March.

“We have prioritized our kids and hope by March 1 to have every kid back in school in the state of Ohio,” DeWine told CNN’s Jake Tapper Sunday on State of the Union.

DeWine set that goal as a slow but steady rollout of the coronavirus vaccine among health care workers, first responders and people living and working in group settings continues across the state.

As of Sunday, almost 160,000 people in Ohio have received a first dose of the vaccine.

The next phase of Ohio’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout includes adults over 65 years old, people with developmental disabilities and adults working in schools.

No coronavirus vaccine has been tested on or approved for use in children; however, going back to school could be possible for many kids as DeWine is now encouraging schools not to quarantine students who were exposed to COVID-19 in the classroom.

Gov. DeWine said Sunday on State of the Union pharmacies and health care workers are doing a “wonderful job” distributing the vaccine to people in nursing homes.

According to DeWine, just over 60 percent of nursing home residents were vaccinated as of Saturday night.

Meanwhile, last week DeWine said about 60 percent of nursing home workers are opting not to receive the vaccine.

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