DeWine stresses COVID vaccinations on eve of mask mandate end

Credit: Jim Noelker

Credit: Jim Noelker

Those not inoculated against the coronavirus should wear masks indoors, governor says.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine stressed the importance of coronavirus vaccinations on the eve of the end to the statewide mask mandate.

The state’s COVID-19 health orders expire Wednesday regarding masks, social distancing and gatherings. However, DeWine reminded Ohioans of guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that says those who are not fully vaccinated should continue to wear masks indoors.

“Ohioans have done a great job during the pandemic. And, with more than 5 million Ohioans who have received at least the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, we are getting back to living the lives we want,” DeWine stated. “However, it is important that we all still remember that there are a significant number of Ohioans who remain unvaccinated and are at-risk, including everyone under the age of 12. It’s important that those not fully vaccinated continue to wear masks indoors and follow other preventative measures to keep themselves as healthy as possible.”

More than 5.3 million Ohioans have received their first vaccinations and 4.6 million have completed the vaccination series.

Ohioans can find the vaccination site nearest them at

An individual is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after the second dose of Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines or two weeks after the single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Although the health orders expire Wednesday, businesses, schools, government centers and other organizations set their own rules regarding required safety measures. For businesses and organizations looking to update signage in their facilities, signs are available at

While some of the health orders expired, Ohio Department of Health Director Stephanie McCloud on Tuesday signed an order that rescinded other COVID-19 health mandates, such as limited access to Ohio’s jails and detention facilities, an order to release protected health information to first responders, the use of masks in child education settings, order for business compliance for masks and orders involving vocational habilitation services, senior centers and adult day services centers.

The following health orders will remain in effect:

  • Order to require screening for admission to state operated psychiatric hospitals or to Department of Youth Services facilities
  • Order to designate The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center a public health laboratory
  • Order to facilities to notify residents, guardians and sponsor of positive or probable COVID-19 cases
  • Order to require reporting and notification of COVID-19 cases in kindergarten through 12th grade.

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