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Congressman Tim Ryan Applauds Expanded Vaccine Eligibility in Ohio

March 16, 2021
Press Release
Ohioans 40+ Will Be Vaccine Eligible on March 19th and 16+ will be Eligible on March 29th

Youngstown, Ohio – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) applauds today’s announcement that Ohio will begin vaccinating those 40 and older starting this Friday, March 19th, and those older than 16 will be eligible on March 29th. The vaccine is critical to saving lives, getting businesses open, people back to work, and our economy moving.

“This is exciting news for the State of Ohio. We can finally start to see the light at the end of the tunnel. But if we want to get back to normal, it is critical that every Ohioan gets their vaccine as soon as they are eligible. We are in this together, and we must all do our part to get there. In the meantime, we must continue to wash our hands, wear masks when we are in public, and keep our distance just a little bit longer. We are almost there,” said Congressman Tim Ryan.   

Phase 1E and 2C will begin on Friday, March 19 expanding eligibility to those with additional health conditions (Cancer, Chronic Kidney Disease, COPD, Heart Disease, Obesity) as well as all Ohioans ages 40 and up. 

Phase 2D will begin on March 29th expanding eligibility to all Ohioans aged 16 and up. 

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The American Rescue Plan, which was signed into law last week, will invest get shots in arms by investing $20 billion in a coordinated, nationwide vaccine program to:

  • Make sure we have enough vaccines for all Americans through research, development, manufacturing, production, and purchase.
  • Get those vaccines out to all Americans quickly and equitably through community vaccination centers, mobile vaccination units and more.
  • Improve communication to strengthen confidence in the vaccine and make sure all Americans know when, where and how they can get one. 

It will also scale up testing and tracing, address shortages of personal protective equipment and other critical supplies, invest in high-quality treatments, and address health care disparities. These resources will be coordinated through the Department of Health and Human Services, the FDA, the CDC, and FEMA. 

The COVID-19 Aid Package signed into law in December of 2020 included: 

  • Supplied $8.75 billion to support federal, state, local, territorial/tribal public health agencies with their vaccine distribution, administration, planning, preparation, promotion, monitoring, and tracking, with a targeted investment of $300 million for high-risk and underserved populations, including for communities of color and rural areas, and
  • Dedicated over $19 billion in the nation’s supply of COVID-19 vaccines and therapeutics, including the manufacture, production, and purchase of vaccines, therapeutics, and ancillary supplies.
  • Authorized a national campaign to increase awareness and knowledge of the safety and effectiveness of vaccines, expands programs to collect vaccination coverage data, and authorizes grants to address vaccine-preventable diseases.