Athletes say they were able to focus on season, not protocols once vaccinated at event with Ohio governor


WORTHINGTON, Ohio (WJW) – Ohio Governor Mike DeWine held a press conference Friday about COVID-19 vaccinations among student-athletes.

Specifically, he talked about how this year has the opportunity to be very different for athletes because most are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

“The vaccine is our ticket out. The vaccine is our ticket for a full season,” the governor said at the press conference.

The press conference was held at Thomas Worthington High School.

The school’s athletic director said they were one of the first to offer a vaccine clinic and will continue to help students get access to vaccines.

She says they’re very proud of their vaccination rates.

For athletes, they said being vaccinated helped them focus on their performance and not COVID protocols.

“The vaccines are the best protection for all of us,” said Ohio’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff.

“The vaccines that are available to us are safe,” he continued.

“It’s not just for the athletes,” said Governor DeWine. “If you’re in theatre if you’re in debate, your ability to enjoy that season…the ability to have that…really depends on getting the vaccination.

The State of Emergency in Ohio was officially rescinded Friday.

The governor shared this week that the vaccination rate of people between 12 and 17 in Ohio Is 54% and 57.6% among people over 18.

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