COLUMBUS, Ohio — Currently, more than one-third of Ohioans have received the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine.
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At a press briefing on Thursday, Governor Mike DeWine shared how he believes Ohio can continue to increase that number.
As was previously announced, beginning on Monday, vaccine providers may partner with other organizations, such as employers, labor unions and churches to hold closed-pod vaccination clinics with these organizations. DeWine encouraged employers and other groups looking to do so to contact their local health departments to help set up clinics, and vice versa.
"We have really encouraged people to do this," DeWine said, before noting that Nestle has partnered with Discount Drug Mart to offer the COVID-19 vaccine to its employees in the state. "These clinics that are being put together will make a big difference in helping us get more Ohioans get vaccinated."
As the second part of DeWine's plan, the Governor stated that he is encouraging local health departments to reach out to local high schools to set up clinics to get any students ages 16-years-old and older vaccinated. Any student who receives the COVID-19 vaccine must have a permission slip to do so.
Lastly, DeWine said that the state has begun the process of having COVID-19 vaccine distributors partner with private and public colleges. DeWine said that this will be a multi-week process and that many of the state's smaller colleges will have received all of their vaccines this week.
You can watch Gov. DeWine's press briefing in the video player below: