Ohioans ages 50 and older and those with Type 2 diabetes or end-stage renal disease are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine starting today.
Beginning today, Thursday, March 11, people age 50 and older in Ohio will be eligible for the coronavirus vaccine. Additionally, those with Type 2 diabetes and end-stage renal disease will be eligible for the COVID-19 shots.
Governor Mike DeWine said that people ages 50 and above account for at least 97% of COVID-19 deaths. Around 1.2 million Ohioans fall into the 50 to 59 age group. Around 250,000 have end-stage kidney disease and around 170,000 people have Type 2 diabetes.
According to the Ohio Department of Health, around 2 million people have now received at least one shot of the vaccine, or some 17% of the population.
People who are vaccinated are advised to continue wearing a mask to protect others who have not been vaccinated. DeWine said last week that he will lift the state's mask mandate and other public health orders once the state hits the mark of 50 coronavirus cases per 100,000 people for two weeks.
Go to https://gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov/ to see if you can get the vaccine, and to book an appointment.