Gov. DeWine Says Getting Vaccinated is the Best Way to Ensure Keeping Students Safe

Written on August 18, 2021

While vaccinations across the state continue, for children ages 12 to 17 years old, only 35% of them are currently vaccinated.

At a press conference held together with Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff, Governor Mike DeWine continued to stress the importance of getting vaccinated especially with students going back to school,

“The best way to make sure that your child can stay in school and not have his or her classes interrupted is for that child to be vaccinated.  If that child cannot be vaccinated, then best way to ensure a good school year is for that child to wear a mask in class,” 

Dr. Vanderhoff stated that the Delta variant isn’t just a danger to adults,

“While children are less likely than adults to get severely ill from COVID-19, they are not invincible and most certainly can, and do, become ill.  And, indeed, our children’s hospitals continue to see tragic cases of previously healthy children struck down by this virus and now requiring intensive medical care. And, of course, when either children or adults become sick from COVID-19, they can spread it to others who may then suffer severe health outcomes, or even death, said Dr. Vanderhoff. “The bottom line is that COVID-19 is a very bad virus, even for our children. Without question, vaccinations are the best protection one can have from COVID-19.”

There were 3,235 positive COVID-19 cases reported in Ohio on Tuesday. 

Prior to the past week, there hasn’t been a single day with over 3,000 newly reported cases since February.

For the latest COVID numbers and other information visit: https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/home


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