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DeWine tours vaccination site in Cincinnati as rates increase

Gov. Mike DeWine tours COVID-19 vaccination site in Cincinnati as rates grow due to Vax-a-Million

The first of five weekly winners will be revealed on May 26.

CINCINNATI — Gov. Mike DeWine will be back in front of the cameras this afternoon as he will be touring one of the state’s COVID-19 vaccination sites. 

DeWine will visit a COVID-19 vaccination clinic at the Cincinnati African American Chamber of Commerce. He is expected to be available for questions with the media afterwards. 

The governor’s visit to Cincinnati comes as his COVID lottery vaccine incentive seems to be working to get more Ohioans vaccinated. Health officials say the state’s vaccination rates are growing as the first $1 million Vax-a-Million drawing quickly approaches.

The Ohio Department of Health reports that more than 1 million people have already entered Ohio’s COVID vaccine lottery. In case you missed it, Ohioans who have received at least one dose of a COVID vaccine can enter to win $1 million HERE. The first of five weekly winners will be revealed on May 26.

Here’s how the vaccination rates are increasing, according to details released Wednesday by ODH, after the Vax-a-Million contest was first announced on May 13:

From May 13-18, approximately 74,000 Ohioans received their first dose. That marks a 53% increase from vaccinations given May 6-11. Health officials added that each day from May 13-17 also showed “a higher number of vaccinations than the same day the previous week.”

“After the announcement (about Vax-a-Million), our preliminary data shows that more than 113,000 Ohioans have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccines,” said ODH Director Dr. Stephanie McCloud earlier this week.

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DeWine lifted the state’s mask order for fully vaccinated citizens Monday following guidance from the CDC, and effective June 2, all restrictions will be lifted in the state.

As of Thursday, there’s still high exposure across the state, with 17 counties (nine in Northeast Ohio) still at Level 3 “red,” which indicates “very high exposure and spread” and calls on individuals to “limit activities as much as possible.” Summit County is one of those still in the red zone, but there’s no longer a mask order in place for most public places.

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