MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Ohio (WDTN) – Ohio Governor Mike DeWine visited a COVID-19 vaccination site in Montgomery County on Saturday.
DeWine spoke at the site at Dayton Children’s on West Tech Road in Miamisburg.
The governor announced earlier this month that statewide health orders will be lifted in three weeks, June 2, and that the state will be holding a Vax-A-Million lottery for Ohioans who have been vaccinated.
Registration for the lottery opened Tuesday, May 18. The governor said that the goal of the lottery was to encourage people to get vaccinated sooner.
“We were not only trying to get more people vaccinated, but we’re trying to get people who eventually might get vaccinated, or would get vaccinated, to do it now,” said DeWine.
DeWine said the number of people getting vaccinated after the announcement of the lottery has gone up by 45 percent.
“We were seeing a downturn that we just couldn’t stop,” said DeWine. “And now we’ve been able to turn that around and we’re moving up.”
The COVID-19 vaccine has yet to be approved for children younger than 12. DeWine said that while he does not know when it will be authorized, he hopes that it will be available for younger children by the time that school starts.