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Dear Friends and Neighbors,
This Friday, March 19th, Ohio's eligibility for COVID-19 vaccines will be expanded to people 40 and older and those with additional medical conditions, including cancer and obesity ( See below list of conditions). The expansion of eligibility, according to Gov. DeWine, is thanks not only to a steady flow of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines arriving in the state but an anticipated influx of the one-shot Johnson & Johnson variety later this month.
All Ohioans age 16 and older will be eligible to get a vaccine on March 29. The Pfizer vaccine is the only one approved for those 16 and older, while the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are only approved for those 18 and older.
Again, the eligibility for Phase 1E — those of any age (over 16) with cancer, chronic kidney disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), heart disease and obesity (about 766,000 Ohioans not otherwise eligible by age or other qualifying condition) — and Phase 2C — those 40 and older (about 818,000 Ohioans between age 40 and 49) — starts Friday.
DeWine was in Cleveland this morning for the "soft launch" of Ohio's first federally coordinated mass COVID-19 vaccination clinic at Cleveland State University's Wolstein Center. The mass vaccination clinic is expected to administer shots to some 210,000 Northeast Ohioans over the next eight weeks. The super vaccination center at Cleveland State University's Wolstein Center is the largest of its kind coordinated by the federal government and is being staffed by a combination of Ohio National Guard and Army troops. It will vaccinate 1,500 on the first day and then ramp up vaccinations by another 1,500 each of the ensuing days until it reaches its capacity of 6,000. The initial smaller number of vaccinations will allow the 200 Ohio guardsmen and 217 medical personnel from the 101st Airborne out of Fort Campbell Kentucky to work out any logistical issues.
Ohioans 50 and older, as well as others based on health conditions and occupations, are currently eligible for vaccinations at the mass clinics and pharmacies statewide. To sign up for the mass clinics as well as pharmacy sites, go to gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov or call 1-833-427-5634.
The included expanded medical conditions include:
Chronic kidney disease
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
End-stage renal disease
Types 1 and 2 diabetes
bone marrow transplant recipients as well as individuals with Lou Gehrig's disease, also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or ALS.
those with severe congenital, development and inherited conditions that make them more vulnerable to COVID-19 complications are allowed to receive the vaccine.
Phenylketonuria (PKU), Tay-Sachs, and other rare, inherited metabolic disorders.
People with severe type 1 diabetes, who have been hospitalized for this in the past year.
Epilepsy with continuing seizures; hydrocephaly; microcephaly, and other severe neurological disorders.
Turner syndrome, fragile X syndrome, Prader-Willi syndrome, and other severe genetic disorders.
People born with severe heart defects, requiring regular specialized medical care.
Solid organ transplant candidates and recipients.
Alpha and beta thalassemia
People with severe asthma, who have been hospitalized for this in the past year.
Sickle cell anemia.
Please continue to be safe as we approach this critical phase of vaccine availability. It is critical that you become vaccinated so please be patient as you try to schedule your appointments.