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Ohio’s new Vaccine Management Solution (VMS) is a streamlined tool to help Ohioans determine vaccine eligibility, find providers, and schedule appointments. Check your eligibility and book an appointment now at gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov.  

Need help or have questions?

You can also chat with our Virtual Assistant at gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov for any COVID-19 vaccine, registration, and scheduling questions.

See a map of all providers in the state on our Vaccine Provider Location Search

Looking for a COVID-19 vaccine provider near you? Visit https://vaccine.coronavirus.ohio.gov to see a list of providers vaccinating in the current phase.


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Vaccinations for children and teens

Individuals ages 12 and older are now eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine, which is the only COVID-19 vaccine currently authorized for use for people ages 12-17. Currently, no COVID-19 vaccines have been authorized for use in children under the age of 12.

There are hundreds of locations at which youth can be vaccinated across the state, including pediatrician’s offices, vaccine clinics, local health departments, hospitals, community health centers, and more.

Johnson & Johnson vaccine pause lifted

On April 23, 2021, following a thorough safety review including two meetings of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the CDC have recommended that use of the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) COVID-19 vaccine can resume. The panel says the benefits of the vaccine in preventing COVID-19 outweigh the risks of rare blood clotting that has occurred in a small number of people who have received the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine.

MORE INFORMATION: Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccinations resume

COVID-19 Vaccine Checklist

Community Partnerships

Businesses and organizations

Resources for businesses, organizations and provider partners to plan workplace vaccination opportunities:

Homebound vaccinations

Homebound individuals are a vulnerable population that may require tailored efforts to special planning and accommodations to support in-home vaccinations. This document offers suggestions for operational planning based on best practices being implemented across Ohio.

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Preparing for Your COVID-19 Vaccination




Consent for minors

With parent or legal guardian consent, individuals ages 16 and 17 are eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine, which is the only COVID-19 vaccine currently authorized for use under age 18. Children ages 16 and 17 who are not emancipated must have parental or legal guardian consent for any vaccine. A parent or legal guardian generally should accompany the minor to receive the vaccine, unless the administration of the vaccine occurs in a physician’s office, school-based or school-associated clinic setting or similar setting. Parents/legal guardians will be asked to provide digital consent if scheduling an appointment through the VMS. They also may be asked to sign a consent form on site.


Resources for people with disabilities

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

Requesting Vaccination Records

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 1D Vaccine Distribution

Governor Mike DeWine has announced the individuals who are included in Phase 1D of Ohio's vaccination plan, which will go into effect on March 11, 2021. Phase 1D includes approximately 197,000 eligible Ohioans with certain medical conditions not addressed in previous phases.

Phase 1D

Vaccinations for Phase 1D will begin on Thursday, March 11, 2021. This phase includes:

  •  Individuals who have specified 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.
  • 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.

MEDICAL CONDITIONS

  • People with type 2 diabetes under the age of 50.
    • 172,000 Ohioans.
  • People with end-stage renal disease (also known as end-stage kidney disease) under the age of 50.
    • 25,000 Ohioans.

Download the Phase 1D COVID-19 Distribution Fact Sheet

PHASE 1E Vaccine Distribution

Governor Mike DeWine has announced the individuals who are included in Phase 2C, also beginning Friday, March 19.

Phase 1E

Vaccinations for Phase 1E will begin on Friday, March 19, 2021. This phase includes:

  • Individuals who have the specified medical conditions listed below that may increase their risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19.
     
  • These individuals are not already eligible through Ohio’s age-based approach to vaccine eligibility.
     
  • 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.

MEDICAL CONDITIONS

Individuals with at least one of the following medical conditions:

  • Cancer.
  • Chronic kidney disease (CKD).
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
  • Heart disease.
  • Obesity.

Download the Phase 1E COVID-19 Distribution Fact Sheet

Phase 2A Vaccine Distribution

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

Phase 2A

Phase 2A opened with vaccinations based on age, beginning with age 60 and older, because the risk of more severe reactions and outcomes from COVID-19 increase with age. Eligible individuals can receive a vaccine from the provider of their choice.

AGE ELIGIBILITY

  • Individuals age 60 and older.

Download the Phase 2A COVID-19 Distribution Fact Sheet

Phase 2B Vaccine Distribution

Governor Mike DeWine announced the individuals who are included in Phase 2B of Ohio's vaccination plan, which will begin on Thursday, March 11, 2021. Phase 2B will open with Ohioans ages 50 and older. This group includes approximately 1.2 million eligible Ohioans.

Phase 2B

Vaccinations for Phase 2B will begin on Thursday, March 11, extending age eligibility criteria to age 50 and older. Because the risk of more severe reactions and outcomes of COVID-19 increases with age, Phase 2B will open with vaccinations based on age, extending eligibility criteria to age 50 and older. This opens eligibility to approximately 1.2 million Ohioans. Eligible individuals can receive a vaccine from the provider of their choice.

AGE ELIGIBILITY

Individuals age 50 and older.

Individuals age 60 and older previously eligible under Phase 1B or Phase 2A who have not yet received the vaccine remain eligible under Phase 2B.

Download the Phase 2B COVID-19 Distribution Fact Sheet

PHASE 2C Vaccine Distribution

Governor Mike DeWine has announced the individuals who are included in Phase 2C will expand eligibility to include Ohioans ages 40 and older.

Phase 2C

Vaccinations for Phase 2C will begin on Friday, March 19. Because the risk of more severe illness and outcomes of COVID-19 increases with age, Phase 2C will extend age-based eligibility to individuals age 40 and older. This group includes approximately 818,000 Ohioans between ages 40-49. Eligible individuals can receive a vaccine from the provider of their choice.

AGE ELIGIBILITY

Individuals age 40 and older.

Individuals age 50 and older previously eligible under Phase 1B, Phase 2A or Phase 2B who have not yet received the vaccine remain eligible under Phase 2C.

Download the Phase 2C COVID-19 Distribution Fact Sheet

Phase 2D Vaccine Distribution

COVID-19 vaccinations opened to people 16 and older beginning Monday, March 29, 2021.

With parent or legal guardian consent, individuals ages 16 and 17 are eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine, which is the only COVID-19 vaccine currently authorized for use under age 18. Children ages 16 and 17 who are not emancipated must have parental or legal guardian consent for any vaccine. A parent or legal guardian generally should accompany the minor to receive the vaccine, unless the administration of the vaccine occurs in a physician’s office, school-based or school-associated clinic setting or similar setting. Parents/legal guardians will be asked to provide digital consent if scheduling an appointment through the VMS. They also may be asked to sign a consent form on site.

Phase 2D 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

Moderna Vaccine


Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine


Johnson & Johnson (Janssen)

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.

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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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