55% of eligible Ohioans have gotten COVID-19 vaccine

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — Six weeks after the most recent COVID-19 eligibility expansion, 55% of Ohioans who are eligible have been vaccinated, according to an NBC4 analysis.

Vaccine eligibility in Ohio last expanded on May 13 when the two-dose Pfizer vaccine was approved for those 12 and older. There are just under 10 million Ohioans in that age range, according to NBC4 estimations based on U.S. Census Bureau numbers.

Around 5.5 million of those 12 and up have either started or completed the vaccination process, according to Ohio Department of Health data.

Statewide, 47% of all Ohioans have been vaccinated. Elderly Ohioans continue to get their shots at the highest rate, with more than 80% of people 65 and older vaccinated.

COVID-19 cases continue to decline in Ohio, bringing the 21-day case average under 340.

Timeline of COVID-19 vaccine eligibility in Ohio:

  • Dec. 14, 2020: Healthcare workers receive first vaccines
  • Jan. 19: 80+
  • Jan. 25: 75+
  • Feb. 1: 70+, K-12 teachers and staff
  • Feb. 8: 65+
  • Feb. 15: Those with early childhood conditions that are carried into adulthood
  • Mar. 4: 60+, pregnant people, certain professions (law enforcement officers, childcare workers)
  • Mar. 11: 50+, people with type 2 diabetes and end-stage renal disease
  • Mar. 19: 40+, people with certain health conditions (obesity, cancer, heart disease, COPD)
  • Mar. 29: 16+
  • May 13: 12+

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