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DeWine authorizes vaccine providers to fill open appointments with anyone 16 and older

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Posted at 11:19 AM, Mar 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-22 11:19:53-04

CLEVELAND — Gov. Mike DeWine announced Monday that health departments and other vaccine provides are now authorized to administer COVID-19 vaccines to anyone age 16 and older if they cannot fill appointment slots this week or next, according to News 5 media partner The Canton Repository.

DeWine announced the expanded authorization while visiting a vaccination site in Youngstown Monday morning.

The vaccine is open to anyone 40 and older and those with certain health conditions such as cancer, COPD, heart disease and obesity.

Last week, DeWine announced that beginning March 29, anyone 16 and older will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Ohioans who are 16 and 17 years old will only be able to receive the Pfizer vaccine. The Food and Drug Administration Emergency use for Moderna and Johnson & Johnson only includes individuals 18 years and older.

RELATED: All Ohioans 16 and older can get the vaccine beginning March 29

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