The Ohio COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan is still a work in progress, and initial supplies are still very limited, but starting Feb. 1, Ohioans 70 and older are eligible to receive the vaccine, and those 65+ are eligible Feb 8.
You will need an appointment to get a vaccine. You can use the state’s online vaccine location tool (Vaccine.Coronavirus.Ohio.Gov/) to find a vaccine provider, then contact a provider to schedule an appointment. Please note, the provider list is subject to change and vaccine supply is still limited.
We are happy to help with this process! Please call SCR at 216-749-5367, and we will try to get you added to a list, schedule an appointment, and/or schedule a ride to & from your vaccine appointment (Note: 211 Lyft service is no longer available).
The COVID-19 vaccine is free for people with Medicare, Medicaid, private insurance, and for those with no insurance. Vaccine providers can bill insurance companies for the cost, so bring your Medicare / insurance card with you when you get vaccinated.
The COVID-19 vaccines that are currently available require two doses. You’ll need a follow-up dose a few weeks after the first dose. You should receive a card at your first visit that includes where and when you were first vaccinated and which vaccination you received; providers should schedule your second dose at your first appointment.
The vaccine is just one tool that can help slow the spread of the coronavirus. It will take your body a few weeks to build up immunity after the second vaccine dose, and the CDC continues to recommend preventive measures such as face masks and social distancing for at least several more months.
Talk to your doctor about the safety, effectiveness, benefits and risks of the COVID-19 vaccine. Older adults, especially those with underlying medical conditions, are at increased risk for hospitalization and death from COVID-19.
This info is all subject to change as this plan continues to be a work in progress! We will try to keep you up to date as details change.