Around 60% of nursing home staff in Ohio have elected not to take the COVID-19 vaccine, Governor Mike DeWine announced.
DeWine revealed the development during a news briefing where he discussed the pace of vaccinations in the state, saying he wasn’t satisfied with the current rate of vaccinations in the state.
“I’m not satisfied with where we are in Ohio,” DeWine said. “We’re not moving fast enough, but we’re going to get there, and we’re going to speed this thing up.”
DeWine said that nursing homes all get three visits for the vaccine. After the initial dose, those who received it will be given a second shot on the follow-up, while others who hadn’t received their first shot will get inoculated.
The third visit will be to complete vaccinations for those who received an initial dose.
“We’re not going to make them, but we wish we had a higher compliance,” DeWine said. “And our message today is, [the] train may not be coming back for a while.”
DeWine said Ohio’s goal is to get vaccines out as fast as possible, asking hospitals to administer doses within 24 hours of receiving them.
So, far Ohio has only used 14.3 percent of its vaccine allotment as of December 21.