Updated Jan. 21 with details on Northern Kentucky, Middletown and Warren County; updated Jan. 22 with details on Butler County, Hamilton city and new totals of vaccines administered;
Ohio and Kentucky are setting up the domino lines to drop the COVID-19 vaccine to more residents, but progress has been slow. Health officials started to give older people who are not in nursing homes or other congregate care facilities access to vaccines this week. But the governors of both states Tuesday reiterated warnings that supplies are short and that people will still face waits to get their vaccination.
Here's what we know about where you can get inoculated, listed by local public health department. Cincinnati.com will regularly update this story and the map of 98 vaccination sites below. Note: You can't go to the vaccination sites and get a shot; you have to register and be given an appointment.
Ohio's plan for vaccines
Where are we now?
Phase 1B for Ohio’s 2.2 million people over 65 and people who work in K-12 schools. It began on Tuesday, when 420,000 Ohioans 80 and older got access to the vaccine. ut because the state only will get 100,000 doses a week, and they will be divided among Ohio's 88 counties, it will take at least four weeks to give one injection to the people in this group.
DeWine cautioned again Tuesday with the caution that supply of the vaccine will not meet demand for weeks to come – and that later expansions could be slowed if more supplies aren't available.
- Jan. 25: Eligibility expands to Ohioans 75 and older and those with severe congenital or developmental disorders.
- Feb. 1: Eligibility expands to Ohioans 70 age and older and employees of K-12 schools that wish to remain or return to in-person or hybrid models.
- Feb. 8: Ohioans 65 and older now will be eligible. Residents in this age group make up 17.5% of the state's population or 2.05 million people.
While health officials and providers are taking reservations for people in each age group to get shots, the applications will be randomized to decide the order of vaccination. Appointments are not first come, first served, and no walk-ups will be taken now.
Where have we been?
At midnight on Jan. 18, Ohio ended its four-week Phase 1A for all frontline health care workers, emergency medical technicians and everyone who works or lives in congregate-care facilities such as nursing homes, psychiatric hospitals and the state's two veterans homes. Those in that group who haven't gotten vaccinated yet can still schedule an appointment.
What if Ohio gets more doses?
DeWine said the state can expand the age groups only when it’s got the vaccine to do so.
Who distributes the vaccine?
Phase 1A was limited to hospitals, public health departments and the four private pharmacies including Walgreens and CVS going into congregate living settings. In Phase 1B, more providers will be giving shots in Ohio and Kentucky.
DeWine said last week about 1,900 providers in Ohio – doctors and other caregivers – have registered with the state and are taking the state training to handle the vaccinations. To open Phase 1B this week, DeWine said about 800 providers will be ready. Local providers can be found in the map below; you can search the statewide list here.
The federal government is paying for the vaccine, but some providers may bill health insurers for administering the inoculation.
How many shots have been given out?
Ohio has given 535,086 first shots of the two-shot vaccine. That number does not include vaccines given on military installations or the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. That's 4.3% of the state's population. See chart below for details by county. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 44,761 Ohioans have received a second vaccine dose.
How long must I wait in line for a shot?
The Health Collaborative, the nonprofit group coordinating the regional medical response, reported last week and public health departments and hospitals have been inundated with phone calls about vaccination. The collaborative urged residents to refrain from calling for an appointment unless they are in the first group of Phase 1B, people who are 80 and older.
Has there been 'line cutting'?
Some Ohioans have gotten the vaccine outside the schedule, DeWine said, but it’s been rare and done only when extra doses would have spoiled if not used. The vaccines are frozen at ultracold temperatures for delivery and storage then thawed for injection. One vaccine goes bad after five days if unused.
Here's a local example: Springdale has given some of its doses to police officers because they otherwise would have been spoiled.
Kentucky's plan for vaccines
On Tuesday, Gov. Andy Beshear said the commonwealth will get only 56,175 doses of vaccine next week. That is 30,000 doses lower than the state’s ability to administer in a week, he said.
The news came after the state last week announced the first round of vaccinations to K-12 personnel will be completed the week of Feb. 1. It had been slated to begin that week. The second dose will be administered in the weeks after.
Beshear last week also announced a partnership with Kroger to set up regional vaccination sites throughout Kentucky that will open the week of Feb. 1. to anyone in phases 1A to 1C.
The commonwealth has set those phases as:
- 1A – Long-term care facilities, assisted living facilities, health care personnel.
- 1B – First responders, anyone over the age of 70, K-12 school personnel.
- 1C – Anyone over the age of 60, anyone older than 16 with CDC highest risk conditions, all essential workers.
A website and phone hotline will be available starting Jan. 28 where people can find information on they will be eligible to receive the vaccine and scheduling appointments. Anyone in Groups 1A through 1C can begin scheduling on Jan. 28.
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What public health is doing
Public health departments routinely run vaccination campaigns. We asked the nine local health departments about their vaccine stock and plans to distribute. Information will be updated regularly.
Status: Started Phase 1B on Jan. 19. Close to finishing Phase 1A.
What’s next: County will continue to work through Phase 1A and Phase 1B vaccinations. Organizations and people that fall within Phase 1A and 1B can fill out an information collection survey so the county can contact them when they are eligible for the vaccine based on state guidelines. Completing the survey is not a guarantee someone will get the vaccine.
Distribution: Phase 1B began Jan. 18. Department will contact qualifying residents who fill out the survey. Department has distributed 1,395 vaccines as of Jan. 21.
Providers: The county health department and six Kroger pharmacies. Locations in the county are online and in the map above.
No response yet. Over the weekend, the department gave vaccines to healthcare workers not associated with a health system (who are part of Phase 1A).
What's next: On Friday, officials from the city and Hamilton County have scheduled an announcement of a centralized signup form for everyone in Hamilton County to use, no matter the jurisdiction.
Sign-up protocol: The department is using a form to find and notify people who will get the vaccine at later stages. Phone: 513-357-7200. All Hamilton County residents can also use the new website unveiled Friday to help find an appointment.
Status: Vaccinated 850 as of Jan. 21 vaccinating those in Phases 1A and 1B.
What’s next: Next week, in addition to first-vaccine doses, the department expects to receive an allotment of second doses for those vaccinated once in Phase 1A.
Doses expected: Of the Jan. 18 shipment of 100,000 doses to Ohio, Clermont County was expected to get 1,900 – 100 to the health department and the other 1,800 to four providers: HealthSource of Ohio, Kroger, Meijer and Mercy Health.
Sign-up options: (Note: appointments required at all locations)
For more information: Vaccine hotline 513-735-8500 from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.
Status: Still working through Phase 1A, mainly emergency medical technicians.
What’s next: County started taking signups on Jan. 18 widening of distribution to county residents older than 80. On Friday, officials from the city and Hamilton County have scheduled an announcement of a centralized signup form for everyone in Hamilton County to use, no matter the jurisdiction.
Doses expected: About 500 to the county’s health department, from a total of about 8,000 to providers throughout the county.
Distribution: Phase 1A will continue even as Phase 1B began Jan. 18. County will follow the state’s eligibility dates for the other age groups over 65.
Status: Vaccinating Phase 1B recipients. Over 1,000 Phase 1B vaccines have been distributed over the last 10 days, city spokesperson Brandon Saurber said Jan. 22.
What’s next: Residents can fill out a survey, which the department will use to contact them when they are eligible to receive the vaccine.
Doses expected: About 300 doses expected to the city's health department the week of Jan. 25.
Distribution: Department will contact qualifying residents who fill out the survey when it has available vaccines for their age group.
Providers: The county health department, one Community First pharmacy and one Kroger pharmacy. Locations in the county are online and in the map above.
Status: Continuing rollout of Phase 1A and Phase 1B.
What’s next: Residents who qualify for Phase 1A and 1B can register through the department’s website. Residents who are in Phase 1B but who are not 80 or older can register before their eligibility dates.
Doses received: 100 received Jan. 19.
Distribution: Phase 1B began Jan. 19. Department will follow the state’s eligibility dates for age groups.
Doses expected: Department expects to receive new doses weekly, but the amount of vaccine it will receive is unknown.
Providers: The county health department, one Community First pharmacy and one Kroger pharmacy. Locations are online and in the map above.
Status: Providers are vaccinating people in Phase 1B, including teachers, providing second vaccine to those in Phase 1A, providing vaccines to long-term care residents, staff. Taking reservations for people 70 and older.
What’s next: Vaccinations of people 70 and older who have registered and have appointments continue. Then, Phase 1C, a large group including 60-plus, essential workers, 16-plus in high-risk categories. Kentucky is expected to begin opening several high-volume vaccination sites through a state contract with Kroger. People getting the vaccine must have a valid state-issued Kentucky ID.
Doses expected: Department expects to be able to provide approximately 2,000 vaccinations the week of Jan. 25 due to limited available supply.
Distribution: There are three groups, but no sign-ups are being taken now due to full enrollment. NKY Health will provide sign-ups as vaccines become available.
- HealthPoint Family Care at three clinics.
- Health department-run sites at a Fort Mitchell church and the Grant County health center.
- St. Elizabeth Healthcare's Training and Education Center in Erlanger.
Sign-up protocol via phone: Generally, if you are unable to register online, you can call (859) 363-2120; however, all time slots are filled for now.
All Hamilton County residents can also use the new website unveiled Friday to help find an appointment.
Status: Still working through Phase 1A
What’s next: Hamilton County started taking signups online on Jan. 18 for widening of distribution to any county resident older than 80.
Doses expected: By Jan. 11, Springdale Health Department has received 500 doses. This week, the department got another 300 doses. A total of 400 doses given so far.
Distribution: The department added two hours a day to its twice-weekly vaccination clinic at the Springdale Community Center starting Jan. 18. The department plans to move to a larger space to accommodate all the Phase 1B recipients and to add a weekend clinic.
Sign up: Call the health department at 513-346-5725 for an appointment. Supplies are short. All Hamilton County residents can also use the new website unveiled Friday to help find an appointment.
Status: Department is working through Phase 1A and 1B appointments.
What’s next: Department is holding a Phase 1A clinic this weekend. All vaccine that the department has and will receive is being assigned to people who signed up to be on its vaccine waiting list. People who signed up for the list are contacted to set up an appointment when they are eligible. K-12 school staff members are asked not to fill out the form as vaccines will be coordinated via their schools.
Doses expected: Department expects to receive doses the week of Jan. 25, but the amount of doses is unknown. It has received 2,575 first doses of vaccine and 600 second doses as of Jan. 21, according to the health department's website.
Distribution: Phase 1A will continue even though Phase 1B began Jan. 18. Department has distributed 1,477 first doses and 143 second doses as of Jan. 21, according to its website.
Providers: The county health department, seven Kroger locations, two Discount Drug Mart locations, Atrium Medical Center and HealthSource of Ohio. Locations in the county are online and in the map above.
Staff writer Jeff Suess contributed as did investigations and enterprise editor Mark Wert