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DeWine announces ‘Vax to School’ vaccine incentive program for young Ohioans

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Ohio Governor Mike DeWine on Thursday announced a new COVID-19 vaccine incentive program, this time aimed at young Ohioans.

The “Vax-To-School Program” will be open to all Ohioans between the ages of 12 to 25 who are vaccinated and those who get vaccinated in the coming weeks.

Five winners will be selected to receive $100,000 scholarships, and 50 winners will be picked for $10,000 scholarships — which can be used for college, technical school or any other form of job training.

The governor said the program will be funded through existing coronavirus relief appropriations from the federal government.

“The best way for those who are 12 and above, the best way to stay in school is to become vaccinated. The best way to run cross country on Saturday morning, if that’s what you love to do, is to become vaccinated. The best way to play football on Friday night is to become vaccinated. The best way to be in theater or debate or whatever you love is to become vaccinated,” DeWine said.

The Ohio Department of Health and the Ohio Lottery will release more details about “Vax to School” in the next week, DeWine said.


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