Governor Mike DeWine announced Monday that he has asked Ohio’s local health departments and vaccine providers that are offering the Pfizer vaccine to coordinate with local high schools to offer vaccinations to high school students who are 16 or older.
“We would like to get as many of them, that want to be vaccinated, vaccinated and we would like to do it before school is out this year,” DeWine said.
Pfizer is the only vaccine that is currently approved for children as young as 16.
“This is entirely up to the individuals, and in the case of the 16 and 17 years olds, they will have to have a permission slip brought into school before they would be able to do that,” the governor said.
Monday’s announcement follows last week’s announcement that vaccination clinics will be offered at all higher education campuses in the coming weeks.
“As with our colleges, by taking vaccines to schools, we’ll increase the percentage of people in this age group who choose to get vaccinated,” DeWine said.
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