The Ohio Department of Health on Friday released its planned week-by-week COVID-19 vaccination schedule for the state’s K-12 school districts in the month of February. Gov. Mike DeWine has prioritized vaccinating school staff ahead of many other groups so districts can resume in-person classes — if they haven’t already — by March 1.
But the state does not have enough vaccine for every district at once. The four-week schedule released Friday separates districts by county, with most counties allotted a single week for school workers to be vaccinated.
“Vaccine is incredibly scarce, and we simply don’t have enough to vaccinate everyone at the same time,” DeWine wrote in a news release. “Therefore, this will be a rolling process, just like it has been during other vaccination phases, with a goal of administering all first doses by March 1. This rollout schedule is a heavy logistical lift that aims to ensure the maximum number of people can be vaccinated in the shortest amount of time.”
Here’s what the breakdown looks like for counties in the Cincinnati area:
Butler County K-12 educators go first — they’re expected to get the vaccine in the first two weeks of February, beginning Feb. 1.
Districts in Adams, Brown and Hamilton counties are scheduled for the week starting Feb. 8.
Warren County staff will be vaccinated in the third week, which begins Feb. 15.
And, finally, Clermont, Clinton and Highland county educators will be vaccinated in the fourth week, beginning Feb. 22.
Not every educator in the state will be eligible for the vaccine, according to DeWine’s criteria — only the ones whose districts have announced they will resume hybrid or in-person learning by March 1.
Fortunately, this is a big group: It includes every public school district except one, according to DeWine, and a significant number of private ones.