5 million Ohioans have gotten COVID-19 vaccine


COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH)– Another vaccine milestone has been reached in Ohio. Tuesday, the Ohio Department of Health reported more than 5 million people in the state have gotten at least one COVID-19 shot.

Because of how ODH tracks vaccinations in its database, shots are backdated to when they were given. According to the most recent backdated numbers, Ohio technically hit 5 million vaccinations started on Sunday, May 16.

The rate of people in Ohio getting a COVID-19 vaccine has slowed in the past month, despite shots being readily available to those aged 12 years and up.

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It took just 15 days, from March 23 to April 7, for Ohio to go from 3 to 4 million people with a shot of the vaccine. But it took 2.6 times as long to go from 4 to 5 million in the 39 days between April 7 and May 16.

Ohio COVID-19 vaccine milestones:

1 million (1,009,116): Feb. 3
2 million (2,014,411): Mar. 5
3 million (3,045,382): Mar. 23
4 million (4,062,739): Apr. 7
5 million (5,017,279): May 18

As more unaccounted-for vaccines from previous days continue to trickle in, expect the 5-million milestone day to move slightly backward. The state doesn’t give an official timeframe for how long this lag is, but’s not a massive delay.

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Health care providers expect the vaccination rate to increase over the next few week after the Pfizer vaccine was approved for use on 12-15 year-olds last week.

Timeline of COVID-19 vaccine eligibility in Ohio:

Dec. 14, 2020: Healthcare workers receive first vaccines

Jan. 19: 80+

Jan. 25: 75+

Feb. 1: 70+, K-12 teachers and staff

Feb. 8: 65+

Feb. 15: Those with early childhood conditions that are carried into adulthood

Mar. 4: 60+, pregnant people, certain professions (law enforcement officers, childcare workers)

Mar. 11: 50+, people with type 2 diabetes and end-stage renal disease

Mar. 19: 40+, people with certain health conditions (obesity, cancer, heart disease, COPD)

Mar. 29: 16+

May 13: 12+

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