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Looking for a COVID-19 vaccine provider near you? Visit https://vaccine.coronavirus.ohio.gov to search for providers vaccinating in the current phase by county and ZIP code.
 


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Preparing for Your COVID-19 Vaccination

These resources below, created by the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities, can help people prepare for their vaccination.

Ohio COVID-19 Vaccine Town Hall

Save the date for Ohio’s COVID-19 Vaccine Town Halls, where your vaccine questions will be answered. Hear from medical experts, community leaders, public health professionals, frontline workers, and people who have been vaccinated. More details for how to watch livestreams for the following audiences will be shared in the near future:

  • Monday, February 22, 6:30 p.m. – African American Ohioans
  • Tuesday, Feb. 23, 6:30 p.m. – Hispanic/Latino Ohioans
  • Monday, March 1, 6:30 p.m. – Asian American and Pacific Islander Ohioans
  • Tuesday, March 2, 6:30 p.m. – Rural Ohioans

Fliers and slides are available to download with information about Ohio's COVID-19 Vaccine Town Halls:

Phase 1A Vaccine Distribution

Phase 1A will include those below who choose to be vaccinated: 

  • Healthcare workers and personnel who are routinely involved in the care of COVID-19 patients.
  • Residents and staff in nursing homes.
  • Residents and staff in assisted living facilities.
  • Patients and staff at state psychiatric hospitals.
  • People with developmental disabilities and those with mental health disorders, including substance use disorders, who live in group homes, residential facilities, or centers, and staff at those locations.
  • Residents and staff at our two state-run homes for Ohio veterans.
  • EMS responders.

Phase 1B Vaccine Distribution

Phase 1B will specifically include those below who choose to be vaccinated: 

  • Ohioans, age 65 and up.
  • Ohioans born with or who have early childhood conditions that are carried into adulthood which put them at a higher risk for adverse outcomes due to COVID-19.
    • Sickle cell anemia.
    • Down syndrome.
    • Cystic fibrosis.
    • Muscular dystrophy.
    • Cerebral palsy.
    • Spina bifida.
    • People born with severe heart defects, requiring regular specialized medical care.
    • People with severe type 1 diabetes, who have been hospitalized for this in the past year.
    • Phenylketonuria (PKU), Tay-Sachs, and other rare, inherited metabolic disorders.
    • Epilepsy with continuing seizures; hydrocephaly; microcephaly, and other severe neurological disorders.
    • Turner syndrome, fragile X syndrome, Prader-Willi syndrome, and other severe genetic disorders.
    • People with severe asthma, who have been hospitalized for this in the past year.
    • Alpha and beta thalassemia
    • Solid organ transplant candidates and recipients.
  • Adults/employees in K-12 schools that want to go back, or to remain, educating in person.

Video Explaining Phase 1B Medical Conditions

Phase 1B Timing

Vaccinations in Phase 1B are expected to begin the week of January 19. Governor DeWine announced a tiered system for offering vaccinations to the estimated 2.2 million people who are eligible for the vaccine under this phase, beginning with those who are 80 or older. When a new age group begins, vaccinations may not be complete for the previous age group. It will take a number of weeks to distribute all of the vaccine given the limited doses available. 

  • Jan. 19, 2021 – Ohioans 80 years of age and older.
  • Jan. 25, 2021 –
    • Ohioans 75 years of age and older.
    • Those with a developmental or intellectual disability AND born with or who have early childhood conditions that are carried into adulthood, listed above.
      If you believe you fall into this category:
      • County boards of developmental disabilities will reach out to you to coordinate vaccination if you are already receiving services from the board and it knows that you qualify. 
      • If you have not been contacted, or if you do not receive services through a board of developmental disabilities, you must reach out to the board in your county to coordinate your vaccination. A directory of county boards can be found on the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities' Find Your County Board page.
      • The board will work with a children’s hospital or a local health department to schedule your vaccination appointment. 
      • Vaccinations will only be given at local health departments or participating children’s hospitals in conjunction with the local boards. Do not go to your local pharmacy for scheduling or vaccination.
  • Feb. 1, 2021 – Ohioans 70 years of age and older; employees of K-12 schools that wish to remain or return to in-person or hybrid models.
  • Feb. 8, 2021 – Ohioans 65 years of age and older.
  • Feb. 15, 2021 – Ohioans born with or who have early childhood conditions that are carried into adulthood, which put them at a higher risk for adverse outcomes due to COVID-19, listed above.
    • Ohioans with one of the above qualifying medical conditions may choose to receive the vaccine at the provider of their choice, but will be asked by their vaccine provider to verify that they are, in fact, eligible at this time.

Vaccine recipients must be age 16 or older to be eligible for the Pfizer vaccine, and age 18 or older to be eligible for the Moderna vaccine. 
 
Ohioans should check the websites of their local health departments and EMAs to learn more about vaccinations in their community or to sign up to receive updates from the local health department. Groups defined by age will receive the vaccine from local health departments, hospitals, federally-qualified health centers, as well as some retail pharmacies. Providers for other audiences are yet to be announced. A statewide Vaccine Provider Locations search is available at vaccine.coronavirus.ohio.gov, allowing Ohioans to search by county and ZIP code to find a provider in their area to administer the vaccine.

Phase 1B Vaccine Distribution (K-12 Schools)

Phase 1C Vaccine Distribution

Governor Mike DeWine has announced the individuals who are included in Phase 1C of Ohio's vaccination plan, which will go into effect on March 4, 2021. Phase 1C includes approximately 246,000 eligible Ohioans with certain occupations and with certain medical conditions not addressed in previous phases.

This phase will focus on:

  • Individuals who have additional medical conditions that may increase their risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19. The new qualifying conditions are not already covered through Ohio’s age-based approach to vaccine eligibility.
  • Ohioans who work in certain occupations, including child care services, funeral services, and law enforcement and correction services.
  • Eligible individuals can receive a vaccine from the provider of their choice. Individuals may be asked to confirm during the registration or screening process that they are eligible to receive the vaccine based on a qualifying medical condition or based on their occupation.

Medical conditions and women who are pregnant
Approximately 141,000 Ohioans with the following conditions will be eligible to receive the vaccine.

  • People with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. 
  • Bone marrow transplant recipients.
    • These are sometimes also called hematopoietic cell or stem cell transplants, and these patients are undergoing treatment primarily for cancer and certain anemias, and they face an increased risk of severe COVID-19 illness.
    • This group does NOT include the kind of stem-cell injections people might receive for the treatment of orthopedic problems, especially for their knees. 
  • People with type 1 diabetes.
  • Pregnant women.

Occupations

  • Child care services: Staff members at child care centers and pre-kindergarten programs who have regular, ongoing direct contact with children enrolled in these programs. There are approximately 40,400 eligible Ohioans in this category.
    • Administrators, lead and assistant teachers, and substitute teachers enrolled in Ohio’s Professional Registry who are currently working in open child care or pre-kindergarten programs. 
    • Licensing specialists employed by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services or a county job and family services agency. 
    • The program does NOT include parent volunteers, board members, or owners/administrators who do not provide in-classroom support.
  • Funeral services: This group includes licensed staff and active apprentices in the funeral services industry. There are approximately 3,600 eligible Ohioans in this category. 
    • Embalmers/morticians.
    • Funeral home directors.
    • Crematory operators.
    • Apprentices.
  • Law enforcement and corrections officers: There are approximately 76,000 Ohioans eligible in this category.
    • This group includes sworn law enforcement officers and peace officers who have first responder or direct supervisory responsibilities. These individuals must be active duty, working a regular minimum of 20 hours a week. Eligibility does not include retired, “special,” or reserve officers.  
      • Police officers.
      • Sheriff’s deputies.
      • Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers.
      • Special jurisdiction officers: Other state or federal enforcement officers such as Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) enforcement staff, pharmacy board investigators, BCI agents, state fire marshal investigators, federal transportation security officers, and other federal law enforcement officers who do not have access to vaccination from federal sources.
    • Corrections staff: Eligible are corrections staff, including probation and parole staff, who provide direct services to an adult or juvenile inmate or court-supervised individuals.
    • Firefighters: Individuals who have a valid active firefighting certificate in the State of Ohio who are active members or employees of a recognized fire department. This does not include retired, emeritus or reserve individuals.

Download the Phase 1C COVID-19 Distribution Fact Sheet

Phase 2 Vaccine Distribution

Governor Mike DeWine has announced the individuals who are included in the first part of Phase 2 of Ohio's vaccination plan, which will begin on March 4, 2021. Phase 2 will begin with Ohioans ages 60 and older. This group includes approximately 695,000 eligible Ohioans.

Because the risk of more severe reactions and outcomes of COVID-19 increases with age, Phase 2 will open vaccinations based on age. Eligible individuals can receive a vaccine from the provider of their choice.

Age Eligibility

  • Individuals age 60 and older.

Download the Phase 2 COVID-19 Distribution Fact Sheet

CDC Resources

Information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website to help educate patients on the COVID-19 vaccine, its benefits, vaccine safety, who gets vaccinated first, and other information important to patients.

Fact Sheets

For Vaccine Providers

Vaccine providers should visit the Ohio Department of Health's comprehensive COVID-19 Vaccine Provider Information page for detailed resources and training materials.

The Ohio Vaccine Management Solution (VMS) – The Ohio Department of Health now offers a no-cost solution to providers and patients to streamline the vaccine administration process. The VMS helps providers with patient registration, scheduling, vaccine inventory, and clinic management. In addition, it can help patients determine eligibility, schedule appointments, and receive important updates and reminders.

Graphics and Resources

Vaccine Town Hall Graphics and Fliers

For Community Leaders

Average Weekly Vaccinations Graphic

Average Weekly Vaccinations (JPEG) - Average Weekly Phase 1B Vaccinations - Each week, Ohio receives approximately 140,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines to use on Ohioans in Phase 1B. With 2.2 million Ohioans in this group, the weekly impact gradually helps Ohio on the road back. 

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Ohio's Phased Approach

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Phase 1A Distribution

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Phase 1B Distribution

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Phase 1C Distribution

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Phase 2 Distribution

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