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Governor DeWine Provides Update on COVID Exposure, Information on Pediatric Vaccination


Nov 4, 2021


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Governor DeWine Provides Update on COVID Exposure, Information on Pediatric Vaccination

(COLUMBUS, Ohio) — Ohio Governor Mike DeWine today notified Ohioans of his recent exposure to COVID-19. The governor canceled public events through Sunday after he and First Lady Fran DeWine were exposed to COVID-19 by employees who tested positive. Governor and Ms. DeWine have tested negative for COVID-19 and will continue testing while checking for any symptoms.


More than 850 children ages 5-11 from Ohio have received the COVID-19 vaccine since the CDC and FDA gave final approval for the pediatric dose earlier this week.

Children can be vaccinated at many different types of providers, including local health departments, pediatricians, primary care physicians, community health centers, adult and pediatric hospitals, and pharmacies. Parents should contact their provider to learn more about vaccination options or they can visit to find a provider or make an appointment.

Statewide Vaccination Data Chart


The Ohio Vax-2-School program has expanded to include younger Ohioans with this new authorization. Ohio people ages 5-25, or their parents or guardians, can enroll online at once they have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. The program will award $2 million in scholarships, including 150 $10,000 grants and five $100,000 grand prize grants to be used at an Ohio college, university or career path.

The initial registration deadline is Sunday, November 21. Full registration dates, rules and information, as well as the registration portals, are available online at


The Ohio Department of Health reported that 1,264 Ohio residents died from COVID-19 in October. The number may increase as reports come in. To put this in perspective, the number of people who died from COVID-19 was the sixth highest during the month of October than at any other point in the pandemic.

In October, at least 173 of these deaths occurred among people over 50. At least 78 of these deaths occurred among people in their 40s and at least 28 of these deaths were among people in their 30s.

On average, more than 41 Ohioans die from COVID every day.

Chart Percentage of COVID-19 Deaths by Age Group


Vaccination is the best way to fight the virus. Those who have not been vaccinated should speak to their doctor if they have any questions and go to to find a vaccine provider.

Today, nearly 65 percent of Ohio residents ages 12 and older are vaccinated and 67 percent of those 18 and older are vaccinated. In October, 153,163 Ohio residents chose to be vaccinated.


In-depth COVID-19 data for Ohio:

Ohio’s Central Vaccine Planning System:

All vaccine providers:


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