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Ohio Schools Will Start To Receive COVID-19 Vaccine Next Week

Avery Elementary School in Hilliard on May 11, 2020.
Ryan Hitchcock
Avery Elementary School in Hilliard on May 11, 2020.

Ohio is preparing to distribute the first widespread round of COVID-19 vaccines to teachers and staff at K-12 schools. Gov. Mike DeWine says this accomplishes the goal of bringing back in-person instruction in March.

Every school district in Ohio, except one, signed on with a goal of bringing kids back to the classroom by March. Signing that pledge opens up vaccination distribution to every teacher and staff member in those school buildings. 

All of Franklin County's school districts are included on the schedule for the first week of vaccinations, which starts on Monday, February 1. 

DeWine says some counties will have centralized vaccination hubs for districts while other schools might have the vaccine brought to them on location. Hilliard Davidson High School and Reynoldsburg High School Livingston Campus will serve as the vaccination hubs for Franklin County.

"Our goal is to vaccinate anybody in that school, who's in that school building with students, anybody in that school should be able to get vaccinated," said DeWine.

The vaccine distribution schedule for Ohio schools is expected to last four weeks. Here is the weekly schedule released by the state:

DeWine says the vaccine supply is still low so the timeline on getting every school employee vaccinated is unknown.
Watch: Gov. Mike DeWine talks about vaccinations for K-12 teachers and staff.


Andy Chow is a general assignment state government reporter who focuses on environmental, energy, agriculture, and education-related issues. He started his journalism career as an associate producer with ABC 6/FOX 28 in Columbus before becoming a producer with WBNS 10TV.