The percentage of white, Black and Hispanic residents in Ohio who have received one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine continues to lag behind the national average.
- But Asian Ohioans are 8% above the national average, according to data from the Kaiser Family Foundation.
Ohio's COVID-19 hospitalizations have declined for two straight weeks, suggesting the worst of the Omicron variant surge could soon be behind us.
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Two months after Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine was authorized for kids ages 5-11, just 25% of that age group in Franklin County is fully vaccinated, according to a KHN analysis.
While the public's focus shifts to COVID-19's Omicron surge, routine health care for Ohio's adolescents could be falling through the cracks.
What's happening: The number of teens receiving required childhood vaccines — the non-COVID ones — has nosedived during the pandemic, according to our review of Ohio Department of Health data.
While COVID-19 vaccines are now available for children ages 5 and older, it's unlikely they'll be added to Ohio's schedule of required student vaccinations any time soon.
Ohio's latest COVID-19 surge is likely being underreported because of a simultaneous surge in at-home testing.
Why it matters: Without accurate data, health officials can't capture the full severity of community spread.
This week's return from winter break has been a struggle for central Ohio schools, with staffing shortages forcing more building closures than any other time this school year.
- That likely isn't going away any time soon, with COVID-19 cases still surging to unprecedented levels due to the highly contagious Omicron variant.
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