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COVID-19 & Ohio: Phase 1B Vaccinations, Nursing Home Vaccinations

Jan. 14, 2021

Today, Governor Mike DeWine, and Lt. Governor Jon Husted provided updates on Ohio's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The governor highlighted the vaccine distribution timeline for Phase 1B of Ohio’s vaccination program, which is set to begin next week for those ages 80 and up.

Week of Jan. 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 Jan. 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 Feb. 1: Vaccinations are anticipated to begin for those ages 70 and up following the same process outlined above. 

Week of Feb. 8: Vaccinations are anticipated to begin for those ages 65 and up following the same process outlined above. 

“When a new age range opens, that does not mean vaccinations will be complete for the previous age range,” said DeWine. “Vaccinating Ohioans in Phase 1B will take a number of weeks given the limited doses available.”

Beginning tomorrow, Ohioans aged 80 and up can find additional information about providers administering vaccines by calling their local health department or visiting their local health department website. Additionally, the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) will launch a tool tomorrow morning on to assist residents 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 resources to determine up-to-date vaccine availability.

“Providers throughout the state are developing systems that work best for them in terms of scheduling and administering vaccinations,” DeWine added. “As we continue to rollout additional vaccination groups, we will work with our local partners and modify the process as needed.”

ODH is in the process of developing a state vaccination scheduling system. Additional information is forthcoming.

DeWine also announced that Ohio is imminently close to completing the administration of the first round of COVID-19 vaccines in skilled nursing facilities.  

"When we started distributing the vaccine in Ohio, one of our first goals was to vaccinate our most vulnerable in our nursing facilities," said DeWine. 

Ohio partnered with four pharmacies through the Federal Pharmacy Partnership in distribution of the vaccine to skilled nursing facilities. These facilities are a part of Phase 1A. Absolute has administered 100 percent of the first round of COVID-19 vaccines as assigned. As of yesterday, CVS has administered 97 percent of the first round of COVID-19 vaccines at the 478 assigned facilities. It is anticipated CVS will finish the administration of doses this week. Pharm Script has completed 61 of 63 assigned facilities, and will complete the administration of doses today. Walgreens has completed 95 percent of the first round of COVID-19 vaccines at the 398 assigned facilities. Within the Federal Pharmacy Partnership, Ohio, with 3.6 percent of the U.S population, has administered more than 8 percent of the vaccines in this program nationwide. This is above the anticipated pace of administering the vaccine. 

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