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Who’s eligible, who to call

CVS Health is rolling out COVID-19 vaccinations at pharmacies across Ohio and other states. But because the vaccine supply is so small, getting a reservation for a shot is difficult. On Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021, CVS had no available slots anywhere in Ohio.

Chasing an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccination could qualify as an Olympic sport. The competition has turned fierce and frustrating with the drug in low and fluctuating supply for two months. It's complicated by the vaccine coming out in three streams: health departments, health systems and pharmacies.

The Enquirer aims to coach you with this guide to the systems and retailers taking appointments locally, including a map of 140 local sites now providing vaccinations.

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Some basics to know

Be patient. More than 2.2 million Ohioans 65 and older now are eligible for the vaccine. But the state gets a weekly allotment ranging so far from 100,000 doses to 225,000 doses expected the week of Feb. 15. It could take a month to vaccinate everyone in this first group who wants the drug. See the graphic below on how distribution is going around the state.


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