Ohio schools prepare for COVID-19 vaccine rollout on Feb. 1
Less than two weeks remain until Ohio’s K-12 school employees can receive COVID-19 vaccines, a rollout that could be a mad rush if supplies remain limited. It’s also still unclear how the state plans to divide the scarce vaccines between districts, though, and how and where employees will receive them.
This week, for example, the state only received about 100,000 vaccine doses. In the 2019-20 school year, more than 334,000 people, including substitute employees, worked in K-12 public and private schools, according to Ohio Department of Education data.
To prepare for the rollout, area school leaders are doing what’s necessary to save their employees a spot in line — including committing to in-person learning in some form by March 1. The state required districts to submit a signed form by Monday agreeing to do so, regardless of how many employees receive the vaccine before that date.
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