CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced on Monday that the state is ready to expand eligibility for receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.
The newest guidelines were laid out by the governor during a Monday afternoon briefing.
The newly-announced groups of individuals part of Phase 1C of the state’s vaccination program include:
- Individuals with additional medical conditions that may increase risk of becoming infected
- Type 1 diabetes
- Women who are pregnant
- Bone marrow transplant recipients
- Individuals diagnosed with ALS
- Individuals who provide child care services
- Individuals who provide funeral Care services
- Active duty members of law enforcement or corrections officers
Gov. DeWine said the number of individuals included in Phase 1C, which goes into effect on March 4, is estimated at approximately 246,000.
Additionally, vaccine eligibility will open up to people who are 60 years and older on Thursday; a group estimated at around 695,000 individuals.
The governor said expanding the criteria to receive the vaccine is possible because of the amount of vaccine doses Ohio is expected to receive this week.
A single-week shipment of around 448,000 is expected in Ohio this week, including 96,100 of the newly-approved Johnson & Johnson doses.
“We think that this is the time to do this because of the great increase in vaccine coming to the state of Ohio,” Gov. DeWine said.
The total number of doses scheduled to arrive in Ohio this week is the largest since shipments began.
Gov. DeWine said age requirements will remain at 60 years and older for an unknown amount of time.
This is a developing story and will be updated.