CINCINNATI (FOX19) - Many people have lots of questions now that the COVID-19 vaccine is available. The information varies from state to state, and is constantly changing, but here’s what we know right now:
Phase 1A began Dec. 14 - priority to vulnerable individuals who live in close proximity and those who care for them.
Dates to start vaccinating Phase 1B populations are:
- The week of Jan. 19, 2021 – Ohioans 80 years of age and older.
- The week of Jan. 25, 2021 – Ohioans 75 years of age and older; those with severe congenital, developmental, or early-onset medical disorders *and* who have a developmental or intellectual disability.
- The week of 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.
- The week of Feb. 8, 2021 – Ohioans 65 years of age and older.
- The week of Feb. 15, 2021 - Ohioans with severe congenital, developmental, or early-onset medical disorders and *do not* have a developmental or intellectual disability.
Distribution for future populations is still being determined.
The City of Cincinnati and Hamilton launched a website that will serve as a one-stop-shop for vaccine information locally.
Click the links below to see vaccine distribution information from local health departments in Ohio:
- Cincinnati Health Department
- UC Health
- Hamilton County Public Health
- Those in Hamilton County without internet access may call 513-946-7800.
- The main vaccine clinic will move to the Hamilton County Board of Elections Early Vote Center on Jan. 22.
- Butler County General Health District
- Clermont County Public Health
- Warren County Public Health
- Brown County Health Department
- Clinton County Health District
- Highland County Health Department
- Adams County Health Department
Your best bet to get an appointment may not be through your county board of health listed above.
The vaccine has also been sent to 750 pharmacies and clinics around the state. Click here to see the list which is organized by county and zip code.
Each location is handling sign-ups differently.
Ohio is also in the process of working on a state scheduling system.
Phase 1A began Jan. 5 and includes long term care facilities, assisted living facilities, and health care personnel.
First responders and K-12 personnel are expected to finish first doses first week of February as part of Phase 1B.
Also as part of Phase 1B, anyone 70 or older can begin to register for the vaccine on Jan. 28 but there is limited vaccine availability.
Northern Kentucky residents 70 or older can schedule their vaccination with St. Elizabeth Healthcare here.
Phase 1C includes anyone over the age of 60, anyone older than 16 with the highest risk COVID-19 risk conditions according to the CDC, and all essential workers. Vaccine appointment registration for Phase 1C is to begin Jan. 28 but there is limited availability.
- Phase 2 - Anyone over the age of 40.
- Phase 3 - Anyone over the age of 16.
- Phase 4 - Children under the age of 16 if the vaccine is approved for this age group.
Read here about a partnership Gov. Andy Beshear unveiled with Kroger on drive-thru vaccination centers.
Here are links to vaccine distribution information from local health departments in Kentucky:
Northern Kentucky Health Department (Boone, Campbell, Grant, Kenton counties)
Three Rivers Health District (Gallatin, Owen and Pendleton counties)
Buffalo Trace District Health Department (Mason and Robertson counties)
Timeline for additional phases has yet to be determined
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