Here’s Where You Can Get The COVID-19 Vaccine in Ohio Next Week

Staff members and volunteers from the Cuyahoga County Board of Health administer vaccines to people in Phase 1A at the county fairgrounds on Jan. 6, 2021. People over 80 can sign up to get the vaccine starting next Tuesday at pharmacies, health care centers and hospitals. [Kevin Brennan / Cuyahoga County Board of Health]
Staff members and volunteers from the Cuyahoga County Board of Health administer vaccines to people in Phase 1A at the county fairgrounds on Jan. 6, 2021. People over 80 can sign up to get the vaccine starting next Tuesday at pharmacies, health care centers and hospitals. [Kevin Brennan / Cuyahoga County Board of Health]

People over the age of 80 can now find out where they can sign up to get the COVID-19 vaccine by searching for their local community on a new state-sponsored website.

There are more than 80 locations offering COVID-19 vaccines across Cuyahoga County, including the three major hospital systems, pharmacies such as Giant Eagle, Discount Drug Mart, and Marc’s, and community health centers.

The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) released an online dashboard containing all vaccine providers in the state on Friday. People can select their county or zip code from a drop-down menu on the state website to find vaccine clinics near them

In addition to finding the information on the state website, the Cuyahoga County Board of Health has also listed the Cleveland-area vaccine providers on its website.

Starting next week, any Ohioan age 80 and older can sign up to get the vaccine. But Ohio Gov. DeWine said in a news briefing on Thursday that the actual shot in the arm may not come for some time.

"We don't have enough [vaccines]," he said. "We hope it will increase as we move forward. But like all states, we have to deal with the scarcity."

Overall, the Cuyahoga County expects to receive around 15,000 doses for this phase, health officials said.

Jan. 19 marks the beginning of Phase 1B vaccine distribution in Ohio and individuals over the age of 80 are first in line.

The distribution will continue as follows:

  • Week of Jan. 25: People ages 75 and older and those with specific health conditions such as cerebral palsy 
  • Week of Feb. 1: People ages 70 and older; employees of K-12 schools who wish to remain or return to in-person or hybrid models 
  • Week of Feb. 8: People ages 65 and older 

The nearly 750 sites in Ohio that will be administering the vaccine to the general public include local health departments, pharmacies, community health centers, and hospitals.

Some local providers, such as MetroHealth, are already booked. The hospital system reached out to some of its geriatric patients directly to schedule appointments, and all slots are currently taken, officials said.

While people can pre-register to receive a vaccine from the Cuyahoga County health board the department is not moving forward with Phase 1B just yet, as they have about 10,000 more people to get through from the previous phase, Health Commissioner Terry Allan said. Those who want to get the vaccine sooner should contact a provider near them instead, he said.

There are also about 30 health care centers and pharmacies offering vaccines in Summit County. People in the 1B group can sign up to be notified of when vaccine appointments are available for their specific subgroup.

Summit County expects to receive 5,750 doses for this phase of distribution, Health Commissioner Donna Skoda said. The providers will begin administering vaccines on Jan. 21.

Those who are eligible can call the providers directly to schedule an appointment.

 

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