Vax-2-School: Registration now open

COLUMBUS — Registration for the Vax-2-School program began Monday.

Ohioans, ages 12 to 25, who have received at least one dose of a vaccine are eligible for the program.

Registrations can be done on ohiovax2school.com.

The Ohio Department of Health and Ohio Lottery announced they will double the amount of prize money being used to fund the scholarships for the Ohio Vax-2-School vaccine incentive lottery.

The ages eligible also will be expanding if the FDA grants emergency use authorization of vaccines for those ages 5-11, which could happen in the coming weeks.

ODH Director Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff and Ohio Lottery Commission Director Pat McDonald made the announcements during a press conference Friday morning.

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The Ohio Vax-2-School program was announced by the Governor earlier this month.

WHAT WE KNOW:

  • The Ohio Department of Health announced that the state will now double the amount of money being used for prizes in the Vax-2-School program from $1 million to $2 million. That will create an additional 100 scholarship opportunities for those who enter the lottery.
  • Five people will win $100,000 in scholarships
  • 150 people will win $10,000 in scholarships
  • The scholarships, awarded in Ohio 529 College Advantage plans, can be used at the Ohio college, university, technical/trade school, or career program of the winner’s choice, ODH said.
  • Pending FDA emergency use authorization for a vaccine for ages 5-11, the eligibility for Vax-2-School would be expanded to also include that age group.
  • Children 17 and under must be registered by an adult.
  • Vax-A-Million registrations from earlier this year will not carry over and you will need to register for Vax-2-School.
  • The date for the first drawing has not been announced, however Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff said the drawings will happen no later than the end of the calendar year.