COLUMBUS – State Rep. Allison Russo (D-Upper Arlington) announced that the state Controlling Board approved several major items this week, including $42 million in American Rescue Plan funds to aid with vaccine distribution efforts, vaccine education, mobile vaccination units and data management. Ohio has faced a surge in demand for COVID-19 vaccines since the onset of the omicron variant.
“Once again, we are seeing a dramatic spike in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations with the omicron variant,” said Rep. Russo. “I am pleased the Controlling Board released these critical funds so that we can continue vaccination efforts, investing in the health and safety of Ohioans, and ensuring the success of all students.”
The Controlling Board also approved $20 million in COVID-19 relief funds to support educational programs for schools and families during the pandemic.
Additional items to improve the health, safety, and security of Ohioans included:
$10 million to the Food Service Program Assistance fund to support food service inspections;
$7.5 million to help address staffing shortages in long-term care facilities caused by the latest surge in COVID-19 cases.