Ohio Governor Mike DeWine recently provided an updated on the vaccine distribution timeline for Phase 1B of Ohio's vaccination program, beginning with those ages 80 and older. The State plans to reduce the minimum age requirement for vaccination by five-year increments in each of the following three weeks.
According to a press release distributed this week by the Governor's Office, the Ohio Department of Health expects to receive information from the federal government on Ohio's vaccine allotment for the upcoming week and Phase 1B vaccinations will begin on Tuesday, Jan. 19. The process of vaccinating those in each county will vary depending on the provider as some may host walk-up clinics and others may take appointments, etc.
The Ohio Department of Health stated in the release that it would launch a tool on Thursday, Jan. 14, on coronavirus.ohio.gov to assist citizens looking for a provider that has been allotted vaccines. The tool will be searchable by zip code or county, but it will not be updated in real-time. It is critical that those eligible to receive a vaccine consult local sources to determine up-to-date vaccine availability.
Hospitals that are vaccinating their frontline healthcare workers as part of Phase 1A must complete these vaccinations by Sunday, January 17.
ADDITIONAL DETAILS FOR PHASE 1B VACCINATIONS
Week of January 18: Vaccine providers will begin receiving their first allotment of vaccines for those ages 80 and older. Vaccines will be delivered on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Each provider will begin administering vaccines the day after they receive their shipment. All vaccines must be distributed within seven days.
Week of January 25: Vaccinations are anticipated to begin for those ages 75 and up following the same process outlined above. Vaccinations will also be available to those with severe congenital, developmental, or early-onset medical disorders. Additional information on how these individuals can choose to receive their vaccines is forthcoming.
Week of February 1: Vaccinations are anticipated to begin for those ages 70 and up following the same process outlined above.
Week of February 8: Vaccinations are anticipated to begin for those ages 65 and up following the same process outlined above.
Vaccine providers are not expected to vaccinate everyone in each age group in one week. As new age groups are authorized to receive vaccinations, previous age groups will continue receiving the vaccine.
Senior citizens with questions on the vaccination process are urged to contact the Area Agencies on Aging at www.aging.ohio.gov or by calling 1-866-243-5678.
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