Everyone 16 and older now eligible for COVID-19 vaccine in Ohio

Everyone 16 and older now eligible for COVID-19 vaccine in Ohio
Everyone 16 and older now eligible for COVID-19 vaccine in Ohio (Source: Hawaii News Now)

Ohio (WOIO) - As of Monday, everyone in Ohio who is 16 years or older is eligible to receive a coronavirus vaccine.

Previously, only those 40 and older or people with a qualifying condition were eligible; however, last week Gov. Mike DeWine allowed any appointments left vacant in daily schedules could be filled by those 16 and older.

The Pfizer vaccine is the only one that has been approved for 16 and 17-year-olds; Moderna and Johnson & Johnson’s vaccines have been approved for people 18 years and older.

16 and 17-year-olds must have a parent or guardian with them when they are vaccinated.

Ohio is among the first 14 states in the nation to make all adults eligible for the vaccine. President Joe Biden directed all states to open up eligibility by May 1.

As of Monday morning, just under 28 percent of people in Ohio have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine.

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