COVID-19 vaccine: When you can get it, how to sign up, and where to get it

COVID-19 vaccine: When you can get it, how to sign up, and where to get it
Vaccine rollouts and availability are varying in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana (Source: WTVM)

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:

OHIO

Gov. Mike DeWine says colleges and universities will begin offering the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine on campus the week of April 5.

As of March 29, the following groups of Ohioans are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine:

The Ohio Department of Health has started scheduling vaccine appointments through a central scheduling tool.

The tool can be used to figure out if you are eligible to receive the vaccine, schedule an appointment, and receive updates and reminders.

Click the links below to see vaccine distribution information from local health departments in Ohio:

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 hundreds of pharmacies and clinics around the state. Each location is handling sign-ups and appointments differently.

KENTUCKY

Starting April 5, the COVID-19 vaccine will be available to anyone over the age of 16.

Currently, Kentuckians over the age of 16 can get the vaccine if they have any medical or behavioral health conditions (except smoking) the CDC reports “are” or “might be” at increased risk of severe COVID-19 illness.

As of March 29, Kentuckians 40 and up are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine.

Previous groups already able to receive the vaccine include:

  • All essential workers
  • People living in long-term care facilities and assisted living facilities
  • Health care personnel and first responders
  • K-12 personnel including childcare workers

There are four regional COVID-19 vaccination sites including one hosted at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center.

The sites are open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Visit Kroger.com/covidvaccine or call 866-211-5320 to sign up.

Click here for vaccine locations in Kentucky

Public transit agencies across Kentucky are offering free or reduced-cost transportation to and from vaccine appointments. These services are already operating in over 90 counties. Visit Ky.COVID19.ky.gov or call 855-598-2246 to find transportation near you.

Kentuckians not currently eligible or who haven’t been able to get vaccinated are encouraged to sign up for text or email updates at vaccine.ky.gov. The sign-up is not a waitlist or a place to schedule an appointment but is meant to provide alerts when a person’s eligibility changes, or, for example, when vaccines are available in an area. If you don’t have access to the internet, you can call 855-326-4654.

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)

INDIANA

To schedule an appointment, visit https://ourshot.in.gov and select a location from one of more than 400 clinics around the state.

Vaccination clinics that are part of the federal vaccine program, including those at Meijer and Kroger, appear on the clinic map at https://ourshot.in.gov but are scheduled through those retailers’ platforms, not through the state centralized system.

Hoosiers who do not have a computer or cell phone or those who need assistance scheduling an appointment can call 211 or contact one of Indiana’s Area Agencies on Aging or AARP.

Nearly 70 libraries around the state also are helping Hoosiers schedule their appointments.

Teachers - regardless of age - can get the vaccine. Also eligible:

  • Teachers and staff in pre-K through high school
  • Childcare centers and early start programs
  • Licensed childcare providers, including center-based and family care providers
  • Classroom aides, bus drivers, janitors, and counselors
  • Administration staff, cafeteria workers, and substitute teachers

A mobile COVID-19 vaccine site began administering vaccines in Dearborn County on Feb. 25.

  • The site is located at 50 Walnut Street in Lawrenceburg.
  • Operating hours are 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday-Sunday.
  • Appointments are required. Those who don’t meet Indiana’s eligibility guidelines will not be vaccinated.

For Indiana residents who are unable to leave their homes and are eligible for the vaccine, the state has a Homebound Hoosier program using the EMS network to administer vaccines in homes.

Residents of Dearborn, Ohio, Ripley and Switzerland counties should call 812-432-6200 or 800-742-5001.

Residents of Franklin and Union counties should call 765-966-1795 or 800-589-1121.

Click here for more information on Indiana’s vaccine program.

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