Gov. Mike DeWine's announcement on Tuesday of additional COVID-19 vaccination eligibility in Ohio means that an estimated 1.6 million more Ohioans will be eligible to obtain the vaccination starting Friday.
There are some exceptions, but most of the eligible people are based on those over 40 years of age.
"Age is by far the biggest indicator," Gov. Mike DeWine has said. "It's so important that we don't get sidetracked."
On March 29, all Ohioans will be eligible to get the vaccine. The vaccine is only approved for those 16 and older.
Here's a list of who is eligible in Ohio to receive the COVID-19 vaccine with Tuesday's additions.
If you are older than 40 years of age you are eligible for the vaccine
This new phase also includes those 50 years of age and older which was included in previous vaccine rollouts.
If you have these health conditions, you are get the COVID-19 vaccine
These include those with:
- Chronic kidney disease
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
- Heart disease
- End-stage renal disease
- Types 1 and 2 diabetes
- pregnant women
- bone marrow transplant recipients as well as individuals with Lou Gehrig's disease, also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or ALS.
- those with severe congenital, development and inherited conditions that make them more vulnerable to COVID-19 complications are allowed to receive the vaccine.
- Phenylketonuria (PKU), Tay-Sachs, and other rare, inherited metabolic disorders.
- People with severe type 1 diabetes, who have been hospitalized for this in the past year.
- Epilepsy with continuing seizures; hydrocephaly; microcephaly, and other severe neurological disorders.
- Turner syndrome, fragile X syndrome, Prader-Willi syndrome, and other severe genetic disorders.
- People born with severe heart defects, requiring regular specialized medical care.
- Down syndrome.
- Cystic fibrosis.
- Muscular dystrophy.
- Cerebral palsy.
- Solid organ transplant candidates and recipients.
- Alpha and beta thalassemia
- People with severe asthma, who have been hospitalized for this in the past year.
- Sickle cell anemia.
- Spina bifida
Police and firefighters
Law enforcement and corrections officers, including active duty police officers with at least 20 hours of service, corrections staff, including probation and parole staff, and firefighters with an active certificate are eligible for the vaccine. In addition, retired, reserve or “special” forces are not included in the 1C phase, but volunteer firefighters are included.
Full-time, in-person educators can get the vaccine
Teachers and other adult employees of school districts have to commit to remaining in or returning to in-person learning full-time or in a hybrid model by March 1 to become eligible for the vaccine.
Child care service workers
These include child care services employees, including teachers, administrators, and substitutes who are enrolled in Ohio’s Professional Registry who currently work in child care and pre-Kindergarten programs.
Funeral services employees
Funeral services employees, including embalmers and morticians, funeral home directors, crematory operators and apprentices.
Here's how COVID-19 vaccines are being distributed in Ohio