The governor also emphasized that vaccinations should continue, because those who have not received a vaccine make up the majority of COVID-19 cases, which still occur daily. "You followed the protocols, you've done what we asked you to do".
As of Wednesday, roughly 78% of Ohioans over the age of 55 have been vaccinated; DeWine emphasized the importance of that, alongside the FDA and CDC's approval of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine for children, toward his declaration that most of the health orders will end. After that, a new victor will be drawn each Wednesday for five weeks, for the same amount each time, DeWine said.
"I know that some of you are shaking your head and saying, 'That Mike DeWine, he's insane". "And now, our cases are down, and we have a tested and proven weapon with the vaccine that all Ohioans 12 and over can utilize...to put an invisible shield of protection around themselves".
Ohioans aged 18 and older will be entered into a weekly drawing with a prize of up to $1 million. Almost five million Ohioans have received at least one COVID-19 immunization at the time of writing, and vaccine enthusiasm has begun to slow as skepticism has continued to climb.
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The address is expected to cover the state's plan moving forward, and potentially dropping certain restrictions. "What you have done has truly worked", DeWine said.
Lifting the mandates does not mean the virus is gone or that everyone is safe, DeWine added.
The state is also offering a lottery for vaccinated under-17-year-olds - instead of $1 million, they could win a full four-year scholarship to one of Ohio's state universities, a valuable prize in a country where higher education is disproportionately expensive. "Simply put, the vaccine is stronger and better than medical experts ever imagined. Everyone can now control their own health-their own destiny".