"In preparation for the vaccination of 12- to 15-year-olds, Ohio's children's hospitals and pediatricians are already working with local groups to make the vaccine available to their patients and members of their community", DeWine said.
"What you have done has truly worked", he said. Orders for nursing homes and assisted living facilities will remain in place. For example, New Jersey recently announced people who got vaccinated could get a free beer.
The United States initially saw a rush for people to receive the vaccine, and roughly 58.7 percent of U.S. adults have received at least one shot.More news: Birthday Party Shooting in Colorado Leaves 7 Dead, Police Say
The scholarship will fully cover the cost of tuition, room and board and books for each victor, DeWine said.
An online portal to register for this drawing will open up on May 18. Winners must have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by the date of the respective drawing. I know that some may say, "DeWine, you're insane!"
Over the past two weeks, that number is at 140.2, according to the Ohio Department of Health's latest data.More news: Statement on AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine following JCVI update
Starting Wednesday, May 26, vaccinated Ohioans 17 and younger will be entered into drawings for a full, four-year scholarship to any state university.
The state plans to pay for the contest with COVID-19 relief funds from the federal government. "This million-dollar drawing idea of yours is a waste of money, '" he tweeted. Citing data from the Cleveland Clinic, almost 100% of those hospitalized recently from the COVID-19 vaccine have been people who were not vaccinated, DeWine said.
During a rare Wednesday evening statewide address, Gov. Mike DeWine announced that the state will be lifting COVID-19 health orders and that it would be offering scholarships and $1 million cash prizes to incentivize Ohioans to get vaccinated.More news: 4 police officers indicted on federal civil rights charges — George Floyd case