A new state website shows more than 700 locations where Ohioans age 80 and older can get a COVID-19 vaccine starting next week.
The website, vaccine.coronavirus.ohio.gov, lists providers by county and ZIP code. Each provider has its own process for scheduling appointments, and the Ohio Department of Health recommends people call the provider or visit its website in advance to make sure it is currently administering shots.
The list is still being reviewed for accuracy and will likely change later on Friday, an agency spokeswoman said. It had already dropped from 757 sites to 743 by 2 p.m. Friday. This story will be updated with the latest information.
Ohio is entering the next phase of vaccine administration, referred to as 1B, on Tuesday. This group includes people age 65 and older, people with severe congenital or developmental disorders and teachers.
Unlike some other states, Ohio is phasing in this group over the next month, adding more people to the pool each week. Ohio doesn't have enough vaccine doses to complete each subgroup in a week, so immunizations from one group will continue as others become eligible.
Here's the planned schedule:
- Jan. 19 – People 80 years of age and older.
- Jan. 25 – Age 75 and older and those with conditions putting them at high-risk of COVID-19 complications.
- Feb. 1 – Age 70 and older and teachers and staff at K-12 schools that plan to be in-person or hybrid by March 1.
- Feb. 8 – Age 65 and older.
The list includes Kroger, Drug Mart, and Giant Eagle pharmacies in addition to traditional health care providers. One in 4 of the 757 locations initially posted Friday were Kroger stores. More providers will be added to the list as they register and receive shipments of vaccine doses.
The state expects to receive about 100,000 doses next week; the 80 and up group includes about 420,000 people.
"There's not going to be enough next week for everybody," Gov. Mike DeWine said Thursday.