Gov. DeWine Releases First-Round Shot Schedule for Ohio Schools


COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio Governor Michael DeWine (R) announced on Friday the vaccination schedule for Ohio K-12 schools – public, private and career-tech.

DeWine’s administration identified school personnel required for in-person learning and laid out a four-week schedule for those eligible to receive their first jab containing one of the vaccines the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted authorization for emergency use – Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna.

The Ohio Star reported that the Ohio Department of Health released a fact sheet containing the list of school employees necessary for the operation of in-person instruction. That list includes:

  • teachers,
  • bus drivers,
  • cafeteria workers,
  • environmental services (etc).

“One of the main goals of our COVID-19 vaccination plan is to get K-12 kids back in school – for all parents who want their child back in school and for all districts that want to be back in school, we want them to have the ability to do that,” DeWine said during a December presser.

In the Friday email announcement sent to The Star, DeWine said, “the vaccine is incredibly scarce, and we simply don’t have enough to vaccinate everyone at the same time. Therefore, this will be a rolling process, just like it has been during other vaccination phases, with a goal of administering all first doses by March 1.”

Schools by county are listed below by the week teachers and personnel are to begin vaccinations.

  • Week 1 (Beginning February 1)
  • Week 2  (Beginning February 8)
  • Week 3  (Beginning February 15)
  • Week 4  (Beginning February 22)

“The plan also makes the process as simple as possible for staff to be vaccinated and is organized to allow most K-12 staff in a county to be vaccinated within seven days of their assigned vaccination start date. For the limited number of counties where vaccinations will take place over multiple weeks, local leaders will make the logistical and scheduling decisions,” said DeWine. “This rollout schedule is a heavy logistical lift that aims to ensure the maximum number of people can be vaccinated in the shortest amount of time.”

Employees eligible for a shot should contact their school administrators to validate dates, times and locations of vaccination sites.

According to the Ohio Department of Health, the vaccine is available to schools that pledge to return to in-person or hybrid learning models by March 1.  The agency estimates that first doses will be administered to teachers by the end of February.

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Jack Windsor is Statehouse Reporter at The Ohio Star. Windsor is also an independent investigative reporter. Follow Jack on Twitter. Email tips to [email protected].




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