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Ohio is bringing some of its health orders in line with guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, and the result should be more flexibility for some residents.

One example is Buckeye State athletes, or students participating in other activities, no longer need to quarantine after being exposed to COVID-19, if they are fully vaccinated.

Gov. Mike DeWine is reportedly also considering changing his threshold for removing some or all of the other health orders, based on how many Ohioans are vaccinated.

See the common element? Our return to whatever the new normal looks like will depend on residents getting fully vaccinated.

That means getting over hesitancy to get that first shot, and not skipping out on a second. The number of those who understand the sense of urgency in getting a vaccine appears to be waning, however. By Monday, not quite 40 percent of Ohioans had at least their first dose. That’s not going to get the job done.

West Virginia is now 30th overall in the percentage of people fully vaccinated at 29.1%. Maryland (32.4%), Virginia (31.1%), Ohio (30.8%), Pennsylvania (30.5%), and Kentucky (30.7%)are only doing slightly better. In the Mountain State, Gov. Jim Justice is resorting to offering $100 savings bonds to all people ages 16-35 who go ahead and vaccinated. A few months ago, no one would have imagined it would come to giving money to get a shot.

If you’re on the fence, get off. Look at the difference you can make. Go get vaccinated.

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