Over 850 Ohio kids age 5-11 receive first dose of COVID-19 vaccine; state expands Vax-2-School program


COLUMBUS, Ohio (WANE) – Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has announced that over 850 kids age 5 to 11 have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. In addition, the state has expanded its Vax-2-School scholarship program to include kids age five and older.


Gov. DeWine cancelled public events through Sunday after he and First Lady Fran DeWine were exposed to COVID-19 by staff members who tested positive. Governor and Mrs. DeWine have tested negative for COVID-19 and will continue to test while monitoring for any symptoms.


More than 850 Ohio kids ages 5-11 have received the COVID-19 vaccine since the CDC and the FDA gave final authorization of the pediatric dose earlier this week, DeWine announced.

Children can receive their vaccine at many different types of providers, including local health departments, pediatricians, family physicians, community health centers, adult and children’s hospitals and pharmacies. Parents are asked to contact their provider to learn about vaccination opportunities or visit gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov to find a provider or make an appointment. 


The Ohio Vax-2-School program has expanded to include younger Ohioans. Gov. DeWine said that Ohioans aged 5-25, or their parents or guardians, can enter online at ohiovax2school.com once they have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. The program will award $2 million in scholarships, including 150 $10,000 scholarships and five $100,000 grand prize scholarships that can be used at an Ohio college, university or career training opportunity.

The initial registration deadline is Nov. 21. Full registration dates, rules and information, as well as the registration portals, are available at www.ohiovax2school.com.


The Ohio Department of Health reported that 1,264 Ohioans died of COVID-19 in October. The number may continue to increase as reports are received. To put this in perspective the number of individuals who died of COVID-19 was the sixth higest during the month of October than at any other point in the pandemic.

In October, at least 173 of these deaths occurred amongst people in their 50s. At least 78 of these deaths occurred amongst people in their 40s–and at least 28 of these deaths occurred amongst people in their 30s. 

On average there are more than 41 Ohioans dying each day from COVID. 


Gov. DeWine said that the best tool to fight the virus continues to be vaccination. Those who are not vaccinated are asked to talk to their physician if they have questions and visit gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov to find a vaccine provider.    

As of Thursday, nearly 65% of Ohioans ages 12 and older are vaccinated and 67% of those 18 and above vaccinated. In October, 153,163 Ohioans chose to get vaccinated.


In-depth COVID-19 data for Ohio: coronavirus.ohio.gov

Ohio’s central scheduling system: gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov

All vaccine providers: vaccine.coronavirus.ohio.gov

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