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Ohio Vax-2-School scholarship drawing offers added incentive to choose to vaccinate

Vaccinated Ohioans ages 12-25 can enter to win $10,000 or $100,000 scholarships


COLUMBUS: Vaccines remain the best protection against the serious outcomes from COVID-19 impacting Ohioans of all ages. To date, more than 63% of eligible Ohioans, or more than 6.3 million people, have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Among Ohio’s youngest eligible residents, more than 375,000 Ohioans ages 12-17 – about 42% of Ohioans in that age group – have started the vaccination process.

An added incentive for Ohio youth and young adults age 25 and younger launched this week. The Ohio Vax-2-School incentive program offers a chance to win one of 150 $10,000 scholarships or one of five $100,000 grand-prize scholarships. The 155 winners will be able to use the scholarships for their education at an Ohio college, university, technical or trade school, or career program of their choice.

The Ohio Vax-2-School portal at www.ohiovax2school.com opened on Oct. 4 and remains open for registration. Any Ohioan in the eligible age group, currently 12-25, can choose to enter after receiving at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. This applies to vaccinations received at any point since the COVID-19 vaccines have been available.

“We are hopeful this scholarship program will help lead to an increase in vaccinations for Ohio’s adolescents and young adults, and help ensure our youngest Ohioans are protected against COVID-19, which continues to threaten the health and safety of all Ohioans,” Ohio Department of Health (ODH) Director Bruce Vanderhoff, MD, MBA, said.

“For parents of adolescents ages 12 to 17, now is the time to talk to your pediatrician or pharmacist to get the facts about COVID-19 vaccines.”

Ohio’s more than 3,600 enrolled COVID-19 vaccine providers are offering vaccinations to eligible Ohioans. There are many opportunities in Ohio to be vaccinated, including at pharmacies, federally qualified health centers, doctor’s offices, community vaccination sites, community events, and local health departments. Ohioans can visit gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov to find a vaccine provider near them or check with their local health departments for special vaccination opportunities.

VAX-2-SCHOOL: Summary

PRIZES: Ohio Vax-2-School will award a total of $2 million in scholarships to 155 individuals. The scholarships, which will be awarded in Ohio 529 College Advantage plans, can be used at the Ohio college, university, technical/trade school, or career program of the winner’s choice.

ELIGIBILITY: Ohio Vax-2-School is an opt-in program, meaning that you must enter to be eligible for the prize drawings. Ohioans ages 12-25 who have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine are currently

eligible. The state hopes to expand the age group to include Ohioans as young as 5 years old, pending an emergency use authorization (EUA) being granted for administration of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to children ages 5-11.




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