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Central Ohio counties release COVID-19 vaccine distribution plans

Ohio's Phase 1B of its COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan will begin on Jan. 19.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Phase 1B of the state's COVID-19 vaccine program is underway. It focuses largely on those who are 65 and older.

People in this age group are most vulnerable to COVID-19 and make up more than 87% of Ohioans who have died from the virus, according to the Ohio Department of Health.

The phase also includes K-12 teachers and other school staff who will be offered the vaccine in an effort to get children back into the classroom as soon as possible. In total, Phase 1B includes an estimated 2.2 million people.

Phase 1B Timing

  • The week of Jan. 19: Ohioans 80 years of age and older.
  • The week of Jan. 25: Ohioans 75 years of age and older; those with severe congenital or developmental disorders.
  • The week of Feb. 1: Ohioans 70 years of age and older; employees of K-12 schools that wish to remain or return to in-person or hybrid models.
  • The week of Feb. 8: Ohioans 65 years of age and older

Gov. Mike DeWine has asked county Emergency Management Agencies to announce where vaccinations will be available and how people can get them.

A list of providers offering the vaccine in each county is posted by the Ohio Department of Health at this link.

The list below is more specific information provided by central Ohio health officials in each county.

This story will be updated as counties release information about their vaccine distribution plans.

Delaware County:

The following providers are receiving 100 doses of vaccine during the week of Jan. 18.  People must call the facilities before showing up.

Delaware Public Health District  
Qualifying Phase 1B recipients can sign up to receive their vaccination from the Health District by filling out this form: https://bit.ly/3puGGuS
Individuals without email access can call the Health District at (740) 368-1700 and a staff member will complete caller registration.

OhioHealth Grady Memorial Hospital
OhioHealth patients 80 years and older will soon be notified to schedule their vaccine in OhioHealth MyChart with appointments beginning Jan. 19.

Giant Eagle Pharmacy
Your neighborhood Giant Eagle Pharmacy will administer the vaccine once it’s available as defined in the phased approach. The most up-to-date information on the vaccine process, availability, and timeline will be shared here.

Kroger Pharmacy
Kroger customers should visit this site or call COVID-19 vaccine helpline at 866-211-5320 for the latest information on vaccine availability in their area. With vaccines arriving next week, Kroger helpline will be active starting Saturday, Jan.16. Next week, Kroger pharmacies will only be providing vaccines to the current phase/included populations, seniors 80+. All COVID-19 vaccines will require an appointment online or 866-211-5320 once vaccines are available.

Fairfield County:

The Fairfield Department of Health says vaccination clinics will be held each Thursday at the Fairfield County Fairgrounds starting Jan. 21.

Fairfield County residents who are eligible in the Phase 1B group who want to receive the vaccine must register in advance using a sign-up form here.

The health department says to meet Ohio's Phase 1B timeline, Fairfield County would need to receive more than 4,000 doses of the vaccine per week. Right now, they are only receiving 200 doses a week.

The department of health and the Fairfield County EMA says they do have a plan in place to accommodate the increased vaccinations, including a second vaccination clinic site if the county receives more vaccines.

Franklin County:

Columbus Public Health will have 600 doses and Franklin County Public Health will have 500 doses to distribute the week of Jan. 18 by appointment only.

People can start registering on Jan. 15.

Columbus Public Health:
Celeste Center, 717 E 17th Ave. – BY APPOINTMENT ONLY (no walk-ins)
Appointments will be made for Monday, January 18 through Saturday, January 23 – pending vaccine availability
Scheduling will open at 9 a.m. on Friday, January 15 by telephone only
Hotline and vaccination registration: (614) 645-1519 (open 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday)

Franklin County Public Health:
Wednesday, January 20th – BY APPOINTMENT ONLY (no walk-ins)
1700 Morse Road, Columbus, 43229
Scheduling will open at Noon on Friday, January 15th and will be available online or by phone
Hotline – (614) 525-5225 (open Noon-4pm Friday)
Website - https://bit.ly/vax2normal

Columbus Public Health Director Dr. Mysheika Roberts said there will be 72 sites in Franklin County to provide the vaccine - including a variety of different pharmacies with most of them being at Giant Eagle and Kroger.

Licking County:

The Licking County Health Department will administer vaccines by appointment only.

To make an appointment call LCHD's COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline at (740) 670-0949. You can call between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday - Friday. When you make an appointment, you will be told the next steps including where the remote drive-through clinic is located. 

Madison County:

Madison County Public Health there are limited supplies for the vaccine at this time.

People can visit this website to pre-register for vaccine and to watch for upcoming clinics. Registration forms will also be available at clinics and at the MCPH office at 306 Lafayette Street in London.

People can also call 740-852-3065 x1546 to listen to vaccine updates.

If vaccine is available each week, drive through clinics will be held every Tuesday and Thursday from 12pm to 3pm at OSU’s Molly Caren Agricultural Center (best known for the Farm Science Review).

Marion County:

Marion County will receive 800 doses initially.

OhioHealth Marion General Hospital and the local Meijer and Kroger Pharmacies will be scheduling appointments for vaccinations:

Morgan County:

The following providers in Morgan County are receiving 100 doses of vaccine during the week of Jan. 18.  People need to register and make an appointment to receive the vaccine.

Morgan County Health Department: 4275 N St Rt 376, McConnelsville, OH 43756
People can call the health department at 740-962-4572 to be placed on the vaccine list

Shriver's Pharmacy-105 North Kennebec Ave., McConnelsville, OH 43756
Registration starts online starting Jan. 18.

Muskingum Valley Health Center-859 N Main Street, Malta, OH 43758
People can schedule receiving the vaccine by calling 888-454-5157. Click here for up-to-date information.

Morrow County:

The following providers will receive a total of approximately 400 doses.

All residents eligible for Phase 1B need to make an appointment before receiving the vaccine.

  • The Morrow County Health District – To get added to the vaccine sign-up list at the Health District, you can call 419-947-1545, extension 302, and leave your name, age, and phone number.  MCHD will then reach out to schedule your appointment as vaccine is available for the agency.
  • Kroger – You can schedule an appointment by visiting www.krogerhealth.com or by calling the pharmacy at 419-947-9134.
  • Discount Drug Mart – You can schedule an appointment by calling the pharmacy at 419-947-1404, option 1, during regular pharmacy hours.          

Muskingum County:

Vaccines are currently limited. To schedule an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine, call one of the providers in Muskingum County:

Genesis COVID-19 Line: 740-297-8610

Kroger Pharmacy: www.kroger.com/rx/guest/get-vaccinated

Muskingum Valley Health Centers: 1-888-454-5157

Shriver’s Pharmacy: www.shriverspharmacy.com

Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department: www.zmchd.org/covid-19-vaccine OR 740-454-9741

Pickaway County:

Beginning the week of Jan. 18, Pickaway County Public Health will begin administering the vaccine to people who are at least 80 years old.

Weekly updates can be found here.

People over the age of 65 can pre-register here.

Perry County:

The Perry County Health Department will be distributing the COVID-19 vaccine the week of Jan. 19.  Also distributing the vaccine will be Hopewell Health Centers, Shriver’s Pharmacy in Crooksville, and the Kroger Pharmacy in New Lexington.

Each provider will receive a total of 100 doses each in the first week

Each Tuesday, the federal government will inform Ohio of its statewide vaccine allocation

It will take several weeks to distribute all of the vaccine, given the limited doses available.

During the first week, Perry County COVID-19 vaccine providers, except for the Perry County Health Department, will be receiving the Moderna vaccine. The Perry County Health Department will be receiving the Pfizer vaccine.

For more information on how to register, click here.

Ross County:

The Ross County Health District has started to register people over the age of 65 to start to receive their vaccine. RCHD said people have to make an appointment to receive the vaccine, which will be administered at the RCHD office. 

For those who are interested in registering in Ross County, they can call 740-779-9652.

Union County:

The Union County Health Department said its supply will be limited and will receive as few as 100 doses and as many as 500 doses for several weeks.

There are an estimated 7,000 people in Union County who are age 65 or older.

Vaccine shipments will arrive weekly on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday.

The exact date the shipment will arrive is unknown.

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Future Phases:

The vaccine distribution plan for future priority populations are still under development, according to ODH. As more information becomes available on who can receive the vaccine and when they can receive the vaccine, the state says they will announce the details and post the information at coronavirus.ohio.gov/vaccine.