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Gov. Mike DeWine announces what age groups will be a part of next COVID-19 vaccine phase

Ohio will remain at 65 and up for next few weeks
Gov. Mike DeWine
Posted at 3:19 PM, Feb 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-22 15:19:27-05

COLUMBUS — On Monday, Gov. Mike DeWine announced what age group will be eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine in the next phase.

DeWine isn't ready to announce set dates for the next phase of the coronavirus vaccine distribution but said that the next group of people who will be given access to the vaccine is those 60 years and older, which will be followed by those 55 years and older and then those 50 years and older.

The state will remain vaccinating people 65-years-old or older for the next few weeks.

According to DeWine, those 50 years old and older make up between 97% and 98% of COVID-19-related deaths.

DeWine said the state is currently considering adding certain smaller groups to the 60-and-older group to be vaccinated next. These groups would be made eligible based on the risk of their exposure to COVID-19.

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