Ohio COVID Vaccine Eligibility and How To Book an Appointment

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has said his state will be "ramping up" the COVID vaccine rollout this week, extending who is eligible for doses.

From Friday, residents with one of five medical conditions and people who are 40 years old and over will each be permitted to start the process of obtaining a COVID vaccine. Under the current phase, residents have 50 or over to be eligible for doses.

"There's an imperative that we move as quickly as we can. This virus is still very, very, very much out there," Gov. DeWine said in a Tuesday briefing.

Under what is called phase 1E, residents with cancer, chronic kidney disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, heart disease or obesity will be eligible for a vaccine. State officials estimated that will include approximately 766,000 residents.

Phase 2C extends eligibility to Ohio residents who are aged 40 and older, with the influx estimated as including approximately 818,000 residents. Between the two new eligible groups, about 1.6 million more people will be given access to COVID vaccines.

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— Governor Mike DeWine (@GovMikeDeWine) March 16, 2021

Ohio is currently in phases 1B, 1C, 1D, 2A and 2B of its vaccination plan, offering the doses to people over 50 with high-risk medical conditions, alongside occupations including healthcare workers, nursing home staff and school staff and police.

Gov. DeWine said 400,000 doses were obtained by the state this week, with around the same amount being expected for next week. He said there will be another "significant increase" in the supply by the week starting March 29.

Last week, President Joe Biden directed all states to make every adult in the country eligible for a COVID vaccination by no later than May 1.

On March 29, eligibility will expand to all Ohio residents aged 16 and over, the governor said. Only the Pfizer vaccine has been approved for people aged 17 and 18, but anyone 18 or over can also get vaccine doses of Moderna or Johnson & Johnson.

Gov. DeWine was speaking to mark the soft opening of a new mass vaccination clinic at Cleveland State University's Wolstein Center in Cleveland.

He said the clinic, expected to last for eight weeks, was vaccinating about 1,500 people on Tuesday, and 6,000 doses per day were expected to be available by next week.

The center was chosen by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) due to its proximity to both "high-risk citizens and medically underserved populations."

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The Wolstein Center location was recommended by Ohio and selected by FEMA based on its proximity to a large number of Ohio's high-risk citizens and medically underserved populations. Gov. DeWine said the first six weeks will use the Pfizer vaccine, before the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine is introduced in weeks seven and eight.

As of March 16, Ohio had fully vaccinated about 12 percent of its total population, with approximately 21 percent of residents being administered with one dose. In total, health officials had administered 3,862,956 vaccine shots, out of 5,027,395 delivered.

Eligible residents can book appointments via: gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov. Eligible residents can schedule vaccination clinic appointments via 1-833-427-5634.

An online search tool on the website lets residents check if they are considered eligible under current phases, and provides a guide on how to book a vaccine.

It asks for some personal information, with a questionnaire taking up to 10 minutes to fill. Those submitting information on behalf of someone else will be asked to provide their own name and information on the form to schedule an appointment.

"This is an example of Ohio at its finest—citizens coming together to help ensure that all Ohioans, no matter where they live, have access to the vaccine," Gov. DeWine said. "Today is a monumental day. With every shot, Ohio is moving closer to recovery."

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A medical worker draws COVID-19 vaccine from its bottle during a public vaccination event at Washington National Cathedral March 16, 2021 in Washington, DC. Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has said his state will be โ€œramping upโ€ the COVID vaccine rollout this week, extending who is eligible for doses. Alex Wong/Getty Images