Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has announced that beginning Thursday, the state will expand its Covid-19 vaccine eligibility to include people age 50 and older, as well as those with type 2 diabetes, and end-stage renal disease.
The change comes as DeWine said he spoke with the 113 health commissioners throughout Ohio Monday morning, of which a number requested that the state further broaden eligibility because some counties still find themselves with leftover vaccine doses at the end of each week.
“Those 50 to 59 years of age, total population in Ohio is approximately 1.2 million. End stage renal disease, those under 50, we think is about 25,000, and type 2 diabetes, again under 50, is about 172,000 we believe. So that will give you some idea,” DeWine said. “We’re opening to those three groups beginning on Thursday.”