CLEVELAND, Ohio — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced that 96% of public school districts have agreed to return to buildings — at least partially — by March 1.
That condition is key to school districts being supplied with coronavirus vaccine doses. DeWine emphasized in all previous school staff vaccination plans that the distribution was contingent on the district working with the state to return in-person or hybrid by that date.
The projected timeline for vaccinations to begin for school staff was Feb. 1, with an expected return-to-buildings date of March 1. DeWine also announced during Tuesday’s coronavirus briefing school staff will not be competing for space at hospitals or retail providers for vaccinations slots.
Schools can work with local health departments for vaccine administration, or find a partnership through working with the state. Where teachers are being vaccinated will depend on those plans, whether it’s at a school or other specialized locations.
Cuyahoga County’s plans for “pods” where teachers can drive up to receive the vaccine follow this plan. The county currently administers vaccines through drive-thru locations, like at the Cuyahoga County fairgrounds. Cuyahoga County health commissioner Terry Allan said on Jan. 13 that locations would be on both the West and East sides, but planning is ongoing.
Ohio began Phase 1B of coronavirus distribution this week, which starts with residents at least 80-years-old. Timelines depend on how quickly vaccines can be administered and the supply. Ohio is set to receive 73,125 vaccines for first doses, the federal government said, lower than DeWine projected.
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