COLUMBUS, Ohio — During a press conference Thursday, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced that the state plans to begin arraigning job site vaccinations the week of April 12.
DeWine said he and his team had received numerous requests from businesses, labor unions and other organizations asking for job site vaccinations.
Some of the companies that will begin job site vaccinations are already providers, such as grocery store chains, looking to vaccinate employees who want the shot.
Other businesses that are not vaccine providers will be able to connect with a health partner to come in to the job site and vaccinate those employees.
The governor said that beginning April 12, any vaccine provider in the state can take up to 25% of their vaccine allocation and start conducting vaccinations of their own employees or partner with local employers, labor unions and other organization to provide the vaccine at their job sites.
Any provider looking to go beyond the 25% of their vaccine allocation for job site vaccinations can request a variance from the state.
DeWine said that he believes giving the vaccine on a shop floor or in a factory, or any other job site, will increase the percentage of employees who get vaccinated.
"We believe that the time is right now for that to happen; we've had a lot of requests for that to happen. We've held those back because we wanted to make sure there was enough vaccine for the general public, but we think that this is now the time," DeWine said.
The governor also announced an initiative to vaccinate college students across the state.
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