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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 DeWinePortman planned exit sets off Ohio free-for-all Tim Ryan says he's 'looking seriously' at running for Portman's Senate seat Portman won't run for reelection 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-CortezBernie Sanders has been most-followed member of Congress on social media for six years Meghan McCain responds to Katie Couric: 'I don't need to be deprogrammed' Skepticism reigns as Biden, McConnell begin new era MORE (D-N.Y) and Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioSchumer calls for Biden to declare climate emergency House formally sends impeachment to Senate, putting Trump on trial for Capitol riot Rubio reintroduces amendment to block court packing 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 OmarDemocrats poised to impeach Trump again Pence opposes removing Trump under 25th Amendment: reports Pelosi vows to impeach Trump again — if Pence doesn't remove him first MORE (D-Minn.) and Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardTulsi Gabbard blasts new House rules on gender neutral language as 'height of hypocrisy' A vaccine, a Burrito and more: 7 lighter, memorable moments from 2020 Growing number of House Republicans warm to proxy voting 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."