Ohio Receives More Doses of COVID-19; Vaccination Eligibility Expands
Governor DeWine announced this week that Ohio is expected to receive more than 448,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine this week. Of that total, more than 96,000 doses of the new Johnson & Johnson vaccine will be delivered to around 200 new independent pharmacy providers as well as chain pharmacies, hospitals, and health departments.
Ohio now offers more than 1,200 provider locations. Ohioans can find vaccine provider locations at vaccine.coronavirus.ohio.gov. Those who do not have access to the internet or are having trouble managing the online scheduling systems should call their local health department, the 211 helpline center, or the Area Agencies on Aging at 1-866-243-5678.
Phase IC and Phase 2 Vaccination Eligibility:
In response to this significant increase in the amount of vaccine coming into Ohio, Governor DeWine today outlined the individuals who are included in Phase 1C and Phase 2 of Ohio's vaccination plan which will go into effect on March 4.
Phase 1C includes approximately 246,000 eligible Ohioans with certain occupations and with certain medical conditions not addressed in previous phases.
Phase 1C: Medical Groups
- Type 1 diabetes
- Pregnant women
- Bone marrow transplant recipients
- ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease)
Phase 1C: Occupations
Childcare Services - Approximately 40,400 Ohioans:
- Administrators, lead and assistant teachers, and substitutes who are enrolled in Ohio’s Professional Registry who are currently working in open childcare and pre-kindergarten programs.
- Licensing specialists employed by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services or county job and family services agencies.
This phase does not include parent volunteers, board members, or owners/administrators that do not provide in-classroom supports.
Funeral Services - Approximately 3,600 Ohioans:
- Embalmers/morticians, funeral home directors, crematory operators, and apprentices.
Law Enforcement and Corrections Officers - Approximately 76,000 Ohioans:
Examples of law enforcement occupations included in Phase 1C are police officers, sheriff's deputies, Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers; other state or federal enforcement officers such as Ohio Department of Natural Resources enforcement staff, pharmacy board investigators, BCI agents, state fire marshal investigators, federal transportation security officers and other federal law enforcement officers who do no have access to vaccination from federal sources.
Because the risk of more severe reactions and outcomes of COVID-19 increase with age, Phase 2 will open vaccinations based on age, beginning with Ohioans ages 60 and older. This group includes approximately 695,000 eligible Ohioans.
For complete and up-to-date information on Ohio's COVID-19 vaccination program, click here.