(3-16-21) Today Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced that eligibility for COVID-19 vaccination will be lowered to anyone 40 and older, as well as anyone with cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, heart disease, chronic kidney disease or obesity, effective Friday morning.

On March 29, th DeWine all Ohioans 16 and older will be able to get vaccinated, according to a tweet he posted today. Teenagers under age 18 will only be eligible for the Pfizer vaccine.

DeWineโ€™s decision comes as the state anticipates a significant increase in supplies available before the end of the month. Many vaccination clinics are seeing appointments go unfilled, prompting health commissioners across the state to urge the governor to open eligibility further to ensure vaccines are not wasted.