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January 14, 2021 Update

Do you have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine? Let us help you find the answers you are looking for. Contact the Ohio District 5 Area Agency on Aging Vaccine Information line at 567-247-6503.  Calls are answered and returned Monday – Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

What do you need to know about the COVID-19 Vaccines in Ohio?

COVID-19 vaccines are being administered in Ohio, and we know that you may have questions about them. Will they be required? How will I know when it is my turn? Are they safe and effective? Having access to accurate information is key to making an educated decision about choosing to be vaccinated against COVID-19, so we have compiled some helpful information from reliable sources to some of the most commonly-asked questions below.

When can I get my vaccine?

Ohio has begun to receive shipments of COVID-19 vaccines and has a plan to distribute them statewide. Vaccine supply is limited right now, so Ohio has identified priority groups to be vaccinated before the general public. Ohio’s first doses of the vaccine went to health care workers and staff and residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities, among others. These individuals were in Phase 1A of Ohio’s vaccination plan. Older adults are included in the next priority group – Phase 1B.

Doses are still limited and will be distributed over a number of weeks to specific groups of people in this phase. The estimated schedule is as follows:

· Week of Jan. 19, Ohioans age 80 and older will begin to receive the vaccine.

· Week of Jan. 25, Ohioans age 75 and older can get vaccinated; those with severe congenital or developmental disorders.

· Week of Feb. 1, Ohioans age 70 and older and employees of K-12 schools.

· Week of Feb. 8, Ohioans age 65 and older.

I care for someone who is over that age- do I qualify?

At this time, vaccines are being rolled out for Ohioans age 65 and older. Ohio is using a phased approach, getting vaccines into the arms of those who need them the most and are at the highest risk. Some healthcare providers are able to get vaccinated right now, but see the requirements for phase 1A and 1B here:

I have <insert health condition>, is it safe for me to get the vaccine?

You should reach out to your primary care provider. If you do not have a regular doctor, reach out to your local health department who could connect you with a medical expert.

Stay informed on the most recent updates:

Vaccines will be distributed to older Ohioans starting with the oldest Ohioans (age 80 and older), who are also among those at highest risk for complications from the virus. Vaccines will be available to these individuals starting the week of Jan. 19, 2021. Each week after that, the minimum age for vaccinations will drop five years until all Ohioans age 65 have access.

Where can I get the vaccine? COVID-19 Vaccine Locations

Vaccines for older Ohioans will be given by physicians, local health departments, hospitals, federally-qualified health centers, in-home health service providers, and some retail pharmacies. How and where to get vaccinated will vary depending on where you live. Throughout Ohio, providers have received shipments of COVID-19 vaccines for those currently being vaccinated in Phase 1B. As more vaccine providers receive shipments, they will be added to this page: This will allow all Ohioans to search by county, ZIP code, and category to find a provider in their area to administer the vaccine.

Ohio District 5 Area Agency on Aging, Inc. (AAA5) is committed to serving the needs of the public and working to ensure the health and safety of the individuals we serve, staff, and community. The world is experiencing an unprecedented health crisis. Early action in limiting the spread of COVID-19, referred to as coronavirus, is critical. We continue to follow the guidelines provided by our local, county, and state health officials as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The safety of older individuals and staff alike is priority for AAA5 – it’s a large part of our mission. That is why we will maintain our regular hours, however please consider calling before visiting:800-860-5799

Continue to visit our website and Facebook for information and updates. We will keep you informed of additional changes in operation as this rapidly evolving public health situation continues to unfold.

Thank you to all who have expressed their concern and understanding during this uncertain time.

If you or someone you know has questions regarding COVID-19, the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) is the best source for accurate and timely information in Ohio.