Districts Can Schedule Clinics To Vaccinate High School Students

Apr 5, 2021

All Ohioans over the age of 16 are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine and the state is now targeting the younger cohort.  

50 colleges and universities are launching vaccination clinics this week, and Governor Mike Dewine is asking public health departments to reach out to school districts about offering the vaccine to high school students before the end of the school year.

"Some of our health departments have already started on this work.  Some of our children's hospitals are doing that as well, and we thank them.  We would also ask our other hospitals to reach out to the local health departments and to the local schools."

Only the Pfizer vaccine has been approved for 16- and 17-year olds.  DeWine is asking providers who run low on doses of the Pfizer vaccine because they are working with schools to contact the state health department for more supplies. The Columbus City School district is working with Nationwide Children's Hospital on a plan to provide vaccinations for students 16 and older, but details are not yet available.