PAULDING, Ohio (WFFT) -- The CDC announced Thursday that fully vaccinated people can now safely be around other vaccinated people both indoors and outdoors without masks or social distancing.
This comes on the heels of Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announcing a new lottery-like incentive program on Wednesday.
Prizes include a million dollars for and a full-ride scholarship.
The catch is you have to be vaccinated to be eligible to win.
It might get some people to get the shot, but others have already made up their minds and aren’t budging.
Paulding resident Jaclyn Jeffery is not vaccinated against COVID-19.
She said the governor’s new incentive will not change her mind.
“I can see where it would motivate people to do it, however if you’re firm in your beliefs, such as I am, then… I’m not gonna get the vaccine,” she said.
She’s concerned there’s not enough research at this point.
Bill Edwards, the Paulding County Health Department’s Emergency Response Coordinator, sees it differently.
“The more vaccines we can get into people’s arms the better,” he said. “I think it was definitely a[n] out of the box thought.”
In Paulding County, Edwards said under a third of the population has received at least a first dose.
“At the beginning there was a huge demand and low supply, and then it kinda switched so now we have a huge supply and lower demand,” he said.
He recognizes that some people might be skeptical about vaccines.
“The effectiveness of them is off the charts as far as how reliable they are, as far as preventing the disease,” he said.
DeWine stands by his decision.
“People are gonna say hey DeWine’s lost his mind ... this is a waste,” he said. “But what I think is a waste is now to have the vaccine that can save people’s lives, and to have someone die [from COVID] because they did not get vaccinated.”
Jeffery is waiting for the day for everything to go back to how it was before the pandemic.
“That’s what people really want is a sense of normalcy,” she said.
That sense of normalcy is coming soon in Ohio.
DeWine also announced that restrictions are going to relax in the state on June 2, except for in nursing homes and assisted living facilities.