Update from Ohio Vaccine Preparedness Office
The State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy posted an update yesterday from the Ohio Vaccine Preparedness Office with the latest information on Ohio's COVID-19 vaccination program. Some key issues below:
Phase 1B begins -- Vaccinations in Phase 1B began on Tuesday, Jan. 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, outlined below. 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 one of the following conditions: cerebral palsy; spina
bifida; severe congenital heart disease requiring hospitalization within the past
year; severe type 1 diabetes requiring hospitalization within the past year; inherited
metabolic disorders including phenylketonuria; severe neurological disorders
including epilepsy, hydrocephaly, and microcephaly; severe genetic disorders
including Down syndrome, fragile X syndrome, Prader-Willi syndrome, Turner
syndrome, and muscular dystrophy; severe lung disease, including asthma
requiring hospitalization within the past year, and cystic fibrosis; sickle cell anemia;
and alpha and beta thalassemia; and solid organ transplant patients. If people
believe they fit in this category, they should contact their local board of
developmental disabilities, which will help coordinate vaccinations.
- 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 with severe congenital, developmental, or early-onset,
and inherited conditions listed above. If people believe they fit in this category, they
should contact their local board of developmental disabilities, which will help
Vaccinations for those with qualifying medical conditions - Local boards of developmental disabilities will reach out to individuals who meet eligibility requirements to coordinate vaccinations. These boards will work with children’s hospitals and some local health departments on scheduling. Only those individuals identified and scheduled by the local developmental disabilities board will be eligible for vaccination at the local health department or children’s hospital.
Submit information for statewide Vaccine Provider Location search – Providers must provide vaccine administration location addresses, public phone numbers, and websites; enrolled providers should follow these instructions to submit or update information: https://odh.ohio.gov/static/covid19/vaccine-providers/vaccine-provider-locations-guide-for-providers.pdf
Click here for the 12-page update with complete details on Ohio's COVID-19 vaccination program.