More States Widen Vaccine Eligibility: OH, MS, FL

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports:

Ohio’s eligibility for COVID-19 vaccines will be expanded to people 40 and older and those with additional medical conditions, including cancer and obesity, Gov. Mike DeWine announced at a news conference Tuesday morning in Cleveland. Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced COVID-19 vaccine eligibility changes Tuesday at the Wolstein Center on the Cleveland State University campus. All Ohioans age 16 and older will be eligible to get a vaccine on March 29.

And by the end of the month, all Ohioans over 16 years old will be eligible to get the vaccine. The eligibility for Phase 1E — those of any age (over 16) with cancer, chronic kidney disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), heart disease and obesity (about 766,000 Ohioans not otherwise eligible by age or other qualifying condition) — and Phase 2C — those 40 and older (about 818,000 Ohioans between age 40 and 49) — starts Friday.

Mississippi Today reports:

All Mississippians will be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine starting on March 16, Gov. Tate Reeves announced today. Mississippi is the second state to make immunization against COVID-19 available to the maximum number of residents. Last week, President Joseph R. Biden directed all U.S. states and territories to make all adults eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine no later than May 1st

Tampa’s NBC News affiliate reports:

Floridians ages 60 and older are now eligibile to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Gov. Ron DeSantis issued an executive order allowing people ages 60 and older to get vaccinated starting on Monday. “The 55 will happen sometime in March for sure, but I think as we get into April we will be looking to do it. Certainly before May 1 we’ll be able to open up to all adults,” the governor said.