A COVID-19 mass vaccination site is slated to open in Cleveland next week, followed by more than a dozen state-sponsored long-term sites opening across Ohio later this month.
Here’s what we know about her, including scheduling an appointment.
Where are the mass vaccination sites for COVID-19?
Akron’s Chapel Hill Mall will be one of more than a dozen long-term COVID-19 bulk vaccination sites expected to open across Ohio later this month.
In addition to Akron’s expected transit location operated by Summit County Public Health at Chapel Hill Mall, the other state sponsored mass vaccination clinics will be located in Youngstown, Lima, Maumee, Dayton, Columbus, Cincinnati, Chillicothe, Marietta, Wilmington and Zanesville.
Four mobile mass vaccination clinics will provide vaccination in northwest and west central Ohio, southeast Ohio, north central Ohio, and east central Ohio.
Depending on the location, supply and demand, the clinics can administer between 300 and 3,000 vaccines per day depending on the location. The sites are operated on-site with support from the Ohio Department of Health and the Ohio Emergency Management Agency.
Akron COVID-19 vaccines:The Chapel Hill Mall is set to serve as the COVID-19 mass vaccination site in Akron
When does the Cleveland Mass Vaccination Clinic start?
Cleveland State University’s Wolstein Center – a location supported by the Biden Administration and the Federal Emergency Management Agency – will be a separate eight-week mass vaccination clinic, seven days a week, with a capacity of 6,000 vaccines a day, starting March 17 .
Registration began on March 11 at gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov.
Cuyahoga County is working with its county council to provide free bus tickets through RTA and subsidize ridesharing for those who call 2-1-1 and request transportation to the Wolstein site for their vaccination appointment. Other forms of transportation are available, including transportation through the Senior Transportation Center and local churches.
The Wolstein Center was recommended by Ohio and selected by FEMA for its proximity to a large percentage of the high-risk and medically underserved populations in Ohio. Approximately 1.1 million people age 60 and older live in northeast Ohio, and of the more than 25,000 people who live within one mile of the location, nearly 45% are below the poverty line.
The vaccine doses that FEMA will dispense at the Wolstein Center are in addition to regular vaccine deliveries in Ohio.
What are the addresses for mass vaccination centers across Ohio?
Here is the full nationwide list:
- Chapel Hill Mall, 2000 Brittain Road, Akron (Summit County’s Health)
- Youngstown location to be determined (Youngstown City Health District and Mahoning County Public Health)
- Knights of Columbus, 810 S. Cable Road, Lima (Allen County Public Health)
- Lucas County Recreation Center, 2901 Key St., Maumee (Lucas County Public Health)
- Dayton Convention Center, 22 E. Fifth Street, Dayton (Public Health – Dayton & Montgomery Counties)
- Celeste Center, 717 E. 17th Ave., Columbus (Columbus Public Health)
- Cintas Center at Xavier University, 1624 Herald Ave., Cincinnati (Kroger, Cincinnati Health Department, Hamilton County Public Health, and The Health Collaborative)
- Adena PACCAR Medical Training Center, 446 Hospital Road, Chillicothe (Adena Health System)
- Marietta Memorial Hospital, 401 Matthew St., Marietta (Marietta Memorial Hospital)
- Colony Square Mall (Elder Beerman), 3575 Maple Ave., Zanesville (Genesis Health)
- Wilmington Air Park, 1113 Flughafenstrasse, Wilmington (Kroger)
- Cleveland State University Wolstein Center, 2000 Prospect Ave., Cleveland (Federal Hospital)
- Four mobile mass vaccination clinics in Ada, Athens, Mansfield and Steubenville
There are also more than 1,400 locations in Ohio that offer vaccination appointments, including about 60 in Summit County, such as hospitals and pharmacies.
For a full list, see pharmac.coronavirus.ohio.gov.
The state has said that Ohio incumbent vaccine suppliers can expect their vaccine allocation to increase as supply increases, and vaccine doses could also be re-allocated to new suppliers.
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Who can get a COVID-19 vaccine at these locations?
Any Ohioan eligible to receive the vaccine under the state vaccination schedule can be vaccinated at any of the mass vaccination clinics in Ohio.
The next phase of vaccine approval in Ohio, which begins Thursday, March 11, includes Phase 1D – including patients with type 2 diabetes and end-stage kidney disease – and Phase 2B, which brings age requirements down from 60 to 50 years will.
The state also said it would work with clinics to ensure equal access for high-risk residents and medically underserved communities that could be disproportionately affected by the virus.
Those who have previously qualified for the vaccine include:
- People with type 1 diabetes.
- Pregnant women.
- Bone marrow transplant recipients.
- People with Lou Gehrig’s disease, also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
- Law enforcement and correction officers, including active-duty police officers with at least 20 hours of service, probation officers and probation officers, and firefighters with an active certificate. Retired, reserve, or special forces are not included, but volunteer firefighters are included.
- Childcare workers, including teachers, administrators, and alternates, enrolled on the Ohio professional register and currently serving in childcare and preschool programs.
- Funeral home workers, including embalmers and undertakers, funeral home directors, crematorium operators, and trainees.
- Specific conditions that began at birth or childhood, including sickle cell anemia; Down syndrom; Cystic fibrosis; Muscular dystrophy; Cerebral palsy; Spina bifida; People with severe heart defects who require regular medical attention; People with severe type 1 diabetes who were hospitalized for this in the past year; Phenylketonuria (PKU), Tay-Sachs, and other rare, inherited metabolic disorders; Epilepsy with persistent seizures; Hydrocephaly, microcephaly, and other severe neurological disorders; Turner syndrome, fragile X syndrome, Prader-Willi syndrome, and other serious genetic disorders; People with severe asthma who were hospitalized for this in the past year; Alpha and beta thalassemia; and candidates and recipients for organ transplants.
Other stakeholders, most of whom have already been vaccinated, include frontline health workers, residents and long-term care facility workers, and K-12 school workers.
For a full list of skilled occupations and illnesses, see coronavirus.ohio.gov/vaccine.
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How do you plan an appointment at a mass vaccination center?
Use the government vaccination scheduling website gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov, which launched on Monday, to schedule an appointment at a mass vaccination site (once it’s operational).
The website walks users through a series of questions to determine vaccine suitability.
If authorized, the user is asked for his postcode and receives a list of providers with appointments. Users can then book an appointment or are directed to the providers’ websites to book appointments.
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The planning tool was billed as an alternative to searching available websites for available vaccine appointments. However, the Ohioans still cannot schedule many appointments directly through the website. For example, appointments at hospitals cannot be booked directly for an additional 10 days, said Mike DeWine, governor of Ohio.
Appointments at the Wolstein Center can also be made in person and by telephone, but details have not yet been announced.
The Cincinnati Enquirer contributed information to this article. Contact Beacon Journal reporter Emily Mills at [email protected] and on Twitter @ EmilyMills818.