COLUMBUS, Ohio (WJW)– Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine held a news conference on the COVID-19 pandemic Thursday afternoon.
DeWine discussed the progress at the mass vaccination clinic at Cleveland State University’s Wolstein Center. The fourth, fifth and sixth weeks of the eight-week clinic are for second doses. During the seventh and eighth weeks, the Johnson and Johnson one-dose shot will be administered.
“It has run exceedingly well,” DeWine said.
The governor said there are three ways they are working to increase COVID-19 vaccine administration. Starting Monday, vaccine providers can partner with organizations, including churches, businesses and labor unions, on small-pod clinics. He said Nestle is working with Discount Drug Mart to get its employees inoculated.
“We know there is a real desire to do that,” DeWine said. “We have really encouraged people to do this.”
The state is also encouraging local health departments to reach out to high schools to vaccinate 16, 17 and 18 year olds. Providers are also collaborating with public and private colleges to get to students.
As of Thursday, more than a third of Ohioans have received at least one dose of the vaccine. That’s nearly 4 million people.
The Ohio Department of Health said 2,742 COVID-19 cases, 111 hospitalizations, 21 intensive care unit admissions and no deaths were reported in the last 24 hours.
There have been 1,033,606 total cases and 18,741 deaths in the state since the pandemic began.