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Posted on: March 2, 2021

Ohio Department of Health to expand vaccine eligibility with Phase 1C and Phase 2

Ohioans ages 60 and older and those who meet certain occupational or medical criteria will be eligible to be vaccinated against Covid-19 starting March 4, 2021. Details on expanded vaccine eligibility are available in guidance materials published by the Ohio Department of Health regarding Phase 1C and Phase 2 of the State of Ohio’s Covid-19 Vaccination Program.


Phase 1C includes approximately 246,000 eligible Ohioans with certain occupations and with certain medical conditions not addressed in previous phases. The state estimates Phase 2 will expand vaccination eligibility to approximately 695,000 Ohioans not addressed in previous phases. 


(Note: All information listed has been provided by the Ohio Department of Health)

Expanded Vaccine Eligibility


Phase 1C criteria: 

  • 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.

Phase 2 criteria: 

  • Because the risk of more severe reactions and outcomes of Covid-19 increases with age, Phase 2 will open vaccinations based on age. Specifically, individuals ages 60 and older will be able to receive a Covid-19 vaccine as of March 4. 
  • Eligible individuals can receive a vaccine from the provider of their choice.

Find more details about the vaccine eligibility criteria and information on how to find a vaccine provider by following the document links below:

How to find vaccine providers, schedule appointments


The Ohio Department of Health has provided a few resources that Ohioans can use to find providers participating in Ohio’s Vaccine Program and schedule an appointment.


Launching Soon: NEW Vaccine Management Solution (VMS) – This one-stop solution for patients beginning the vaccination process will allow Ohioans to determine eligibility, schedule appointments, submit health information, and receive updates and reminders.


The Covid-19 Vaccine Provider Locations directory at www.vaccine.coronavirus.ohio.gov is a resource that shows providers who have received shipments of Covid-19 vaccines. The COVID-19 Vaccine Provider Locations directory is searchable by county and ZIP code.


In addition, vaccine supply is also available through the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program for Covid-19 Vaccination. Eligible Ohioans who want to find a participating pharmacy should visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s VaccineFinder. This is a free, online service.


For additional information, visit www.coronavirus.ohio.gov.  


For answers to your Covid-19 questions, call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634).


Your mental health is just as important as your physical health. If you or a loved one are experiencing anxiety related to the coronavirus pandemic, help is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Call the Covid-19 CareLine at 1-800-720-9616.

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