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Update: Athens County to get “first wave” COVID-19 vaccines for school workers

Published: Jan. 28, 2021 at 4:31 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 29, 2021 at 4:32 PM EST
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Athens County will be among the first in Ohio to vaccinate its school employees.

The Athens City-County Health Department issued a statement Thursday saying it has been selected to receive COVID-19 vaccine for K-12 staff.

The shipments are to come Monday, February first, and Athens County plans to administer all the doses by the end of the week, as Governor Mike DeWine has directed.

But other area counties will have to wait longer for their education staff members to be vaccinated.

A list issued Friday afternoon by Governor Mike DeWine’s office says Washington County’s school staff will not be eligible until the week of February 22-the last week of February.

Education workers in Gallia and Noble counties will be able to get shots the week of February 8. For Meigs and Morgan county’s schools it will be the week of February 15.

The statement does not say how many doses the county is getting, but that the shipment should cover all school staff who have expressed interest in getting the vaccine.

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CEDARVILLE, Ohio- (WTAP) - COVID-19 vaccinations of employees in Ohio’s public and private schools are expected to begin next week.

Governor Mike DeWine says, by Friday, all of Ohio’s schools should be made aware when their employees can get shots. The governor says the process should take seven days for each of the state’s 88 counties.

The state is expecting 50,000 vaccines to be made available for school employees, and 100,000 doses for the state’s older residents.

”We have a limited supply of the vaccine,” the governor pointed out at his Thursday briefing. “We pulled vaccine from our statewide allocation specifically for vaccinating our K through 12 staff, and there just isn’t enough to do every school in the first week. We want to be able to vaccinate throughout the month of February those who are older Ohioans.”

Vaccinations for those 70 and older are to begin next week, followed by persons 65 and older the following week.

DeWine says all but one school in the state has pledged to return to in-person instruction by the state’s target date of March 1.

He presented figures noting 45% of schools already have returned to in-person learning, while 36% have at least partial in-person classes.

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