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.
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
Ohio Vax-2-School portal at
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.
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.
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
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
a vaccine provider near them or check with their
local health departments
for special vaccination opportunities.
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