50 and over are eligible to be vaccinated from March 11 | New
Governor Mike DeWine announced that more people will be eligible to receive the vaccine this week, and a resource to help find an appointment.
As of March 11, people 50 and older, as well as those with type 2 diabetes and end-stage kidney disease, will be added to the list. About 4.4 million, or 38% of Ohio’s population, will be eligible to receive the vaccine.
Ohio has also launched a website to help people get appointments for vaccines. This website, gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov, is an alternative for people who are looking for various places to get vaccinated. The website will use your zip code to find available appointment times at vendors in the area, then tell you where to book your appointment.
“Every day there will be more appointments that will be added, we ask providers to schedule vaccines using this system or another electronic scheduling system that interfaces with this portal,” says DeWine. “We believe this will streamline the planning process, reduce data lags and produce real-time data on the immunization process across the state.”
The Ohio Department of Health says nearly 2 million Ohioans have received at least their first dose of the vaccine.
Governor Mike DeWine Office Press Release 3/8/21: (COLUMBUS, Ohio) —Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Lieutenant Governor Jon Husted today provided the following updates on Ohio’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
ELIGIBILITY FOR PHASE 1D AND PHASE 2B VACCINATION
In response to the significant increase in the amount of vaccines entering Ohio, Governor DeWine today described those included in Phases 1D and 2B of the Ohio vaccination plan, which goes into effect on Thursday. March 11.
Phase 1D includes approximately 197,000 eligible Ohioans with certain medical conditions not treated in previous phases, including type 2 diabetes and end-stage kidney disease.
Phase 2B will open age-based vaccinations for Ohio residents aged 50 and over. This group includes approximately 1.2 million eligible Ohioans.
IMMUNIZATION SCHEDULE TOOL
Governor DeWine today announced that the Ohio Central Planning website is now available at gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov. The website will serve as a single location for Ohioans to confirm they are eligible to be vaccinated, identify nearby vendors, and schedule their vaccine appointments.
“As we continue to receive more vaccines, having a centralized planning website will streamline the process, reduce data backlogs and provide real-time information on immunization progress in the state,” Governor DeWine said.
The Ohio Department of Health will continue to work directly with vaccine vendors to integrate their current systems into the state system. Suppliers shall use this system or another electronic planning system that interfaces with this portal.
Outside partners, including regional aging agencies, will be available to help Ohioans who don’t have internet access make appointments.
Governor DeWine announced that the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) had signed a contract with IBM to improve the unemployment call center. The ODJFS further signed a contract with LexisNexis to assist the department in its ongoing efforts to prevent fraud from entering the system.
Jeff Ficke, ODJFS Public-Private Partnership Team Leader (P-3 Team), joined Governor DeWine to provide an update on improvements to Ohio’s unemployment system. Members of the ODJFS public-private partnership team include highly trained experts, most of whom are on loan from some of Ohio’s largest banking and insurance companies.
CURRENT CASE DATA
In total, there are 979,725 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 reported in Ohio and 17,656 confirmed and probable deaths from COVID-19. A total of 50,965 people have been hospitalized throughout the pandemic, including 7,223 admissions to intensive care units. Detailed data can be accessed by visiting coronavirus.ohio.gov.
Today’s full update video, including versions with foreign language translation, can be viewed on the Ohio Channel YouTube page.
For more information on Ohio’s response to COVID-19, visit coronavirus.ohio.gov or dial 1-833-4-ASK-ODH.