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DeWine says Ohio teachers, school staff to be next group to receive COVID-19 vaccine

 DeWine says Ohio teachers, school staff to be next group to receive COVID-19 vaccine
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Ohio Gov. Mike DeWineMike DeWineThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden expresses optimism on bipartisanship; Cheney ousted Ohio to lift most COVID-19 restrictions June 2 Ohio to use millions in federal funds for vaccine lottery giveaways MORE (R) said in a press conference on Wednesday that teachers and school staff in the state will be next in line to receive the coronavirus vaccine.

DeWine said he hoped to begin those vaccinations by mid-January, offering the shots at all schools that seek to continue or restart in-person learning, CNN reported. According to DeWine, 45 percent of Ohio students are fully remote, while 26 percent are in a hybrid model.

In addition to teachers and school staff, cafeteria workers, bus drivers, custodians and anyone else who is routinely in contact with children at schools will be eligible for the vaccine in this designated group.

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The decision on who will receive the vaccine after front line health care workers has been left to state governments to decide. Many have yet to announce who will be next.

As The New York Times reports, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advisory panel released recommendations on Sunday regarding who should be vaccinated next. The panel listed essential workers such as emergency responders, teachers, grocery store workers and those who work in restaurants and construction.

Many companies such as Amazon and Uber have advocated for their own workers to get the vaccine next, as they are more likely to be exposed to the virus due to the nature of their work.

Members of Congress and other high-ranking government officials began receiving their first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine last week. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezThe Memo: What now for anti-Trump Republicans? Ocasio-Cortez on Taylor Greene: 'These are the kinds of people that I threw out of bars all the time' Biden faces pressure from all sides on Israel MORE (D-N.Y) and Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioStudy: Early unemployment cutoff would cost 16M people 0B The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Cheney poised to be ousted; Biden to host big meeting Senate votes to repeal OCC 'true lender' rule MORE (R-Fla.) were among the first members who received the vaccine in public.

But a few lawmakers from both sides of the aisle have said they will wait to get the vaccine due to their belief that other groups are more in need of immunization than they are. Reps. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarProject Veritas surveilled government officials to expose anti-Trump sentiments: report Biden faces pressure from all sides on Israel Omar says Cheney 'as right-wing as they come' but removal 'shameful' MORE (D-Minn.) and Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardFox News says network and anchor Leland Vittert have 'parted ways' New co-chairs named for congressional caucus for millennials Tulsi Gabbard blasts new House rules on gender neutral language as 'height of hypocrisy' MORE (D-Hawaii) both said on Monday they would not be receiving the vaccine despite having access as congressional lawmakers.

Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) said he and his staff would wait to get the vaccine, opting instead to distribute his allocation to more "vulnerable populations."