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Message from Governor Mike DeWine to Ohio's Schools about Vaccinations



Superintendent,

Thank you so much for all you have done providing vaccines to your staff and eligible students! As you are preparing for the start of the 2021-2022 school year, I know you are extremely busy, so I appreciate your attention to this important issue. I am writing today to ask for your help. The COVID-19 Delta variant has rapidly become dominant in Ohio. It is highly transmissible - increasing risk, especially for those who are unvaccinated. Because the Delta variant spreads so quickly, one of the crucial strategies to reduce transmission in school includes vaccination of our students ages 12 and up. I am asking if you would help by volunteering to provide vaccinations through in-school clinics or community-based clinics in partnership with your local health department or a community vaccine provider.

We want to do everything possible to keep our students safe and in school for the new school year. While the decision to vaccinate is personal and voluntary, our goal is to provide as many vaccine site locations as possible to make the vaccine accessible to Ohio’s children ages 12 and up. As you know of course, children under 18 require parental or guardian consent to receive the vaccine.

Please complete this short survey to provide information on your school district's efforts to provide COVID-19 vaccinations for your students ages 12 and up.

To help schools and vaccine providers, the Ohio Department of Health created the Youth Vaccination Clinic Planning and Communication Toolkit. The toolkit includes talking points, graphics, answers to frequently asked questions about the vaccine, templates for sharing clinic information and more. Districts partnering with vaccine providers can use these resources to share information with families and local communities.

You may have an existing partnership with a vaccine provider already or you may need help identifying a vaccine provider in your area. Please reach out to your local health department if you need assistance identifying a vaccine provider.

Please feel free to contact the Ohio Department of Education at Vaccine@education.ohio.gov if you have questions or need assistance.

Thank you for all you do to support Ohio’s children!

Mike

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