"It's time. It's time to end the health orders".
"For a year, Ohioans have made sacrifices to save lives and keep our state moving forward". What you have done has really worked!
The United States initially saw a rush for people to receive the vaccine, and roughly 58.7 percent of USA adults have received at least one shot.
"And now, we have a powerful weapon that is nearly 100 percent effective in beating the virus", Governor DeWine said in his remarks.
"It does not mean we are all safe. Each Ohio citizen will make their own decisions about wearing a mask and social distancing - and when, for them, that's appropriate".
According to DeWine, nursing home health orders will remain in place.
The governor also announced that, beginning on May 26th, for five Wednesdays the state will hold a drawing for adults who have received the vaccine with the victor each weekday getting $1 million.
Starting Thursday, Ohio will begin vaccinating residents aged 12 to 15 with the Pfizer-produced coronavirus vaccine, following pre-approval overtures from the CDC and FDA this week, the governor also announced.
The scholarship will fully cover the cost of tuition, room and board and books for each victor, DeWine said.
Ohioans aged 18 and older will be entered into a weekly drawing with a prize of up to $1 million. Winners must have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by the date of the respective drawing.
To be eligible to win, you must be an OH resident at least 18 or older on the day of the drawing, and you must be vaccinated before the drawing. The pool of names for the "Ohio Vax-a-Million" drawing will be derived from the Ohio Secretary of State's publicly available voter registration database.
The state plans to pay for the contest with COVID-19 relief funds from the federal government.