Ohio million dollar vaccine rules

The state’s million dollar lottery for vaccinated individuals is now activated. Registration opens on Tuesday morning.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – A major change to the Vax-a-million vaccine incentive in Ohio came Monday, just hours before Governor Mike DeWine held his usual COVID-19 press conference.

Rather than being automatically enrolled on the voter registration list, vaccinated Ohioans must register now for the chance to win one of five weekly prizes of $ 1 million.

During the briefing on Monday, DeWine explained the rules of the lottery and last week delved deeper into his decision to cancel mask orders for vaccinated Ohioans before the pre-set date of June 2nd.

Here is a breakdown of what was discussed.


The CDC announced last week a change in mask handling that would allow vaccinated individuals not to wear a mask in most situations.

Soon after, DeWine said the state’s mask order would be changed to reflect those changes to the CDC. This updated order was signed on Monday afternoon.

Unvaccinated Ohioans must continue to wear a mask in public until all state health orders are lifted on June 2.

According to the new regulation and CDC guidelines, everyone should continue to wear masks when in healthcare, using public transit, and when in a company that needs masks.

Schools are still being asked to mask themselves until June 2nd. At this point, each district can decide whether students and staff should continue to wear masks while schools are still in session.

While masks will no longer be required by the state in school buildings after June 2, DeWine recommends that schools continue to use face covers until the end of the school year.

Here, too, companies can request masks after the Ohio pandemic health ordinances have expired. A number of grocery chains have already announced that they will continue the mask requirements in their stores.

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Starting May 26th, five weekly winners will be selected to take home $ 1 million. To be eligible, you must be at least 18 years old, live in Ohio, and be vaccinated before the draw will take place.

A notable change was made to the original process on Monday at 11 a.m. The Ohio Vax-a-Million will enroll now.

DeWine said vaccinated Ohioans wishing to enter can go to OhioVaxaMillion.com or call 1-833-ASK-ODH starting at 8 a.m. tomorrow

Once you’re in, you’re set, DeWine said. You don’t have to register every week.

May 26th is also the first raffle by five people under the age of 17 to receive a four-year full scholarship to an Ohio state university. Vaccinated Ohioans eligible for this drawing can also register at OhioVaxaMillion.com.

RELATED: The Ohio Vax-a-Million Lottery requires you to register for prizes now


As a reminder, Ohioans 12 and older can now be vaccinated. So far, however, only the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine has been approved for this age group.

Click here for information on how to get vaccinated, get parental consent, and what to know before you take your child for an appointment.

Teenagers in Ohio can be vaccinated in many locations across the state, including children’s hospitals, general hospitals, retail establishments, and health departments.

DeWine noted that many people have preferred going to their primary care physician and urged any pediatrician interested in making the vaccine available to their patients to contact the state.

He said manufacturers made it easier to store the Pfizer vaccine, which no longer requires ultra-cold storage.

For more information, visit the Ohio Health Department website here.


The state’s fall rate per 100,000 people fell to 106.9 on Monday, a decrease of 13 points since last Thursday.

DeWine said the state has seen an average drop of two to three points per day since mid-April and he believes the state is on track to meet its target of 50 cases per 100,000 people in the coming month.

Vaccinations are likely to increase following the state’s announcement of new vaccine incentives.

Since last week’s two big announcements about approving vaccines for 12-15 year olds and our Vax-a-Million incentives, we’ve heard more and more people coming to the local health departments and pharmacies for the vaccine. That’s good news! pic.twitter.com/yM1wcErzJy

– Governor Mike DeWine (@GovMikeDeWine) May 17, 2021

“This is how we get out of this pandemic,” DeWine said.


Last week, DeWine said Ohio would opt out of the additional $ 300 per week for pandemic unemployment assistance starting June 26.

On Monday, Lt. Governor Jon Husted the programs and services Ohio offers to both employers and job seekers.

“Due to the high availability of both jobs and vaccine in the state, ODJFS now has several buttons that are prominently displayed on their websites for employers to report former workers who are unemployed but have declined offers for suitable work,” said read it in a statement from the governor’s office.

OhioMeansJobs.com currently lists more than 180,000 job openings, with more than half paying more than $ 50,000 per year.


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