OH governor announces vaccinated residents will be eligible to win $1 million

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He said it's "time to end the health orders" people have been following for the past year, as more and more people get the covid-19 vaccine. "Four weeks ago it was 200".

DeWine said the mandates will end on June 2.

DeWine had said two months ago that he would lift health orders if cases were below 50 per 100,000 state residents.

Businesses and schools will still be able to require masks and social distancing, if they choose to do so. "This million-dollar drawing idea of yours is a waste of money.' But truly, the real waste at this point in the pandemic, when the vaccine is readily available to anyone who wants it, the real waste is a life that is lost now to covid-19". The timeline will allow any Ohioan who has not yet received a COVID-19 vaccine to obtain one to protect themselves and others before the lifting of coronavirus mitigation protocols.

"For those who are not vaccinated, the virus is just as risky as ever", he said.

Governor DeWine hailed the vaccines developed by Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, and Moderna as crucial tools in lowering the case and fatality counts in the Buckeye state.

Eligible Ohioans must be 18 or older on the day of drawing and vaccinated before drawing.

Once a week, for five weeks, one adult over the age of 18 who has been vaccinated and is a resident of OH will be chosen to win the money, DeWine said.

The scholarship will fully cover the cost of tuition, room and board and books for each victor, DeWine said.

To be eligible to win, you must be an OH resident at least 18 or older on the day of the drawing, and you must be vaccinated before the drawing.

Adults shouldn't despair either, because DeWine announced a separate lottery for those over the age of 18: The chance to win $1 million. More details are expected in the coming days.