COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Governor Mike DeWine visited The Ohio State University, Monday, to highlight his goal of providing vaccines to all college students who want to be vaccinated, by the end of the semester.
DeWine stopped by the Schottenstein Center, where OSU will hold vaccination clinics for its students and staff.
“We would just encourage everyone, young people, to really use this opportunity to get vaccinated,” said DeWine. “Those who are in college, it’s being brought directly to you.”
Dr. Andrew Thomas, the chief clinical officer at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, discussed the demand for vaccines in the OSU community.
“We do think, at this point, we have over a third of our total university community that has gotten either their first dose or signed up to get their first dose,” Thomas said. “Given that our students really just became eligible, for the most part, a week ago today, it’s amazing the progress — over 25 percent of our students are either signed up or have already received their first dose, in just a week.”
According to OSU President Kristina Johnson, the Wexner Medical Center will begin dedicating 25 percent of its first-dose vaccine supply to students, faculty and staff, beginning next week.
Ohio University will begin vaccinating students Wednesday, while Otterbein will be holding vaccine clinics on campus beginning Thursday.