Ohio teachers and school staff — including cafeteria workers, bus drivers, custodians and clerical workers, along with anyone else working at a school who comes in contact with the children at that school — will be in the next group of people to receive the Covid-19 vaccine, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced during his press conference today.
DeWine said the goal is to start those Covid-19 vaccinations mid-January and to offer them to all schools that want to continue in-person learning or want to begin in-person learning, he said in the press conference.
DeWine hopes vaccinating teachers and staff will help get students back in school faster. Currently, 45% of all Ohio students are fully remote and 26% of students are in a hybrid model, or partially remote, DeWine said.
Two other groups of people will be included in the next round of vaccinations: those "younger than 65 with severe inherited or developmental disorders" such as sickle-cell anemia or down syndrome and people over the age of 65 which accounts for 87% of all Covid-19 deaths in Ohio, DeWine added.