HUDSON, Ohio — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine was back in Northeast Ohio late Friday morning as he visited a student COVID-19 vaccination clinic at Hudson Middle School.
DeWine’s office says the Hudson vaccination clinic is hosted by Akron Children’s Hospital in coordination with Hudson City Schools. During the event, the governor announced that more than 200 locations are holding vaccine clinics for kids throughout the state. Some of those locations will remain open this weekend to give parents and children the opportunity to receive the vaccine.
"This is exciting... seeing so many young kids here and their parents getting shots" said Gov. DeWine after interacting with multiple kids receiving the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
His visit comes as the Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff hosted a press conference with an update saying more than 34,000 children ages 11 and younger have started the COVID vaccination process.
“We are very pleased with the enthusiasm that we’re seeing for vaccination of those 5-11, because children most certainly can and do become ill – even seriously ill – and can suffer lasting complications from this virus," Dr. Vanderhoff said. "Even for those who don’t show symptoms, they can carry the virus home to younger siblings or vulnerable adults, continuing the vicious cycle of spreading the virus in families and communities.”
According to the governor, they are expecting to vaccinate nearly 600 kids at the Hudson Middle School today.
Gov. DeWine was also in Cleveland earlier this week to discuss the latest updates with the Cleveland Innovation District alongside Lt. Gov. Jon Husted.