COLUMBUS – If you’re looking for a COVID-19 vaccine appointment at any of the pop-up vaccine clinics in Ohio, you may have a hard time finding one.
That’s because almost all of the appointments for the two pop-up mass vaccination clinics in Cincinnati and Columbus are already booked. Most were full within a day, the Ohio Gov. spokesman said. Mike DeWine, Dan Tierney.
Ohio allocated approximately 50,000 Pfizer doses to clinics, which begin Thursday at the Cintas Center in Cincinnati and the St. John Arena in Columbus. The sites should vaccinate about 25,000 Ohioans as the Pfizer vaccine requires two shots.
Both locations are operated by Kroger with the support of the local health authorities. As of Monday afternoon, neither the Ohio Department of Health’s website, gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov, nor Kroger’s website, www.kroger.com/rx/covid-vaccine, had openings in the pop-up clinics.
People looking for an appointment can check the websites later to see if there are any cancellations, Tierney suggested. Ohio will open several permanent mass vaccination clinics later this month.
Cleveland State University’s Wolstein Center, the first permanent COVID-19 mass vaccination site, will officially open on Wednesday. This location was established in collaboration with the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
To date, nearly 1.4 million people in Ohio have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, which is roughly 11.8% of the state’s population.
The vaccines are also considered effective against COVID-19 variants. Ohio has reported 91 cases of UK-derived variant B.1.1.7 and one case of P.1 that was first found in Brazil, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.