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Ohio looks ahead to ‘Phase 1B’ of vaccine rollout

Ohio vaccine plan

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WPTA21) - The next phase of Ohio's COVID-19 vaccine distribution will emphasize seniors in the Buckeye State and those who work in schools.

"Phase 1B," as it is dubbed, will begin in early 2021.

Specifics for vaccine distribution have not yet been announced.

Nearly nine in 10 Ohio coronavirus deaths involved someone age 65 or older.

"This is a stunning number, and it’s critical that we protect our older Ohioans,” Gov. Mike DeWine said.

They will receive many of the available vaccines one the focus shifts from healthcare workers, first responders and those in long-term care facilities.

Teachers and other school employees are also included in the next phase.

The goal is for Phase 1B to help schools in Ohio be fully open by March 1.

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Jonathan Shelley

Jonathan Shelley is the news director at WPTA TV, which he joined in 2016 following nine years in a similar role in New Orleans and previous news management positions in Oklahoma City and Las Vegas.

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