WORTHINGTON — Gov. Mike DeWine, flanked by Ohio officials and students, said the COVID-19 vaccine is crucial for kids in sports or extracurriculars.
“We know that vaccine is our most effective tool to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and our ticket to get back to the way things used to be," said the governor during a Friday address at a central Ohio high school.
"For many students, that means getting back to playing sports or being involved in student activities with fewer restrictions. By getting vaccinated students will be protecting themselves and each other. The vaccine is our ticket to allow athletes to live up to their dreams and compete.”
DeWine was joined by Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff, Ohio Department of Health's chief medical officer, and Ohio High School Athletic Association Director Doug Ute.
“The number one question I get from coaches, parents and student-athletes is: ‘What are things going to look like in the fall?’ I tell them we kind of hold the opportunity in our hand right now to go back to the way things were," Ute said. "I encourage everyone to get the vaccination so we can go back to life when kids aren’t 10 feet apart on the sidelines and athletes can high five and hug each other when they make a good play.”
Vanderhoff said DeWine encouraged Ohio students and their families to start their vaccinations now, to be sure they're fully vaccinated by the time school activities like sports, arts, theater and debate get underway.
“We’re encouraging everyone that’s eligible to be vaccinated get vaccinated," Vanderhoff said. “It’s not just the way we are going to ensure we have the sports seasons, the band seasons or ensure we have a school play, it’s also because you will be protecting some of the younger students who right now can’t be vaccinated as well as vulnerable people in your community.”
To find the nearest vaccination site near you or schedule your shot, visit gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov.