COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Begins in City of Cleveland

Safe, effective vaccines for COVID-19 are here. Over the next few weeks, supply will be limited. We are working to distribute them as efficiently and equitably as possible. When it is your turn in line, we will alert you. We appreciate your patience and understanding during these times.

When and Where Can I Expect to Get the Vaccine?

Serving: Phase 1A (see if you are a part of Phase 1A)

  • Residents and staff of nursing homes and assisted living facilities not enrolled in the federal pharmacy program.
  • People with developmental disabilities and those with mental health disorders including substance use disorders who live in group homes, residential facilities, or centers and staff at those locations not enrolled in the federal pharmacy program.
  • Healthcare providers prioritized for vaccination in Phase 1A should be those with the greatest occupational risk for exposure to and/or transmission of SARS-CoV-2. Examples of prioritized high-risk healthcare workers include (in no specific priority order):
    • Home health/hospice workers not vaccinated by hospitals or healthcare systems.
    • Emergency Medical Services responders.
    • Primary care practitioners, including family medicine and general medicine providers.
    • Freestanding EDs, urgent care, pharmacies, and dialysis centers not vaccinated by hospitals or healthcare systems.
    • OB-GYN practitioners not vaccinated by hospitals or healthcare systems.
    • Federally Qualified Health Center providers.
    • Dental providers.
    • Surgeons not vaccinated by hospitals or healthcare systems.
    • Mobile unit practitioners.
    • Healthcare providers, including public health employees, at risk for exposure to and/or transmission of SARS-CoV-2, such as vaccinators.

How to register: If you are part of Phase1A and interested in receiving the vaccine, let us know by detailing your vaccination needs here - https://clevelandhealth.org/cdph/vaccine_registration/. We will contact you if you meet the eligibility criteria for Phase 1A with instructions on how to schedule an appointment. WALK-IN APPOINTMENTS ARE NOT AVAILABLE AT ANY SITE.

Up next: Phase 1B

Ohio has established a unified approach to Phase 1B. Vaccine providers, including Cleveland Department of Public Health, will follow the tentative eligibility timeline below. When a new age range opens, vaccinations for the previous age range will continue. It will take a number of weeks to administer vaccine to all Phase 1B populations given the limited doses available.

Tentative start dates:

  • Jan. 19, 2021 – Ohioans 80 years of age and older.
  • Jan. 25, 2021 – Ohioans 75 years of age and older; those with severe congenital, developmental, or early-onset medical disorders as outlined above.
  • Feb. 1, 2021 – Ohioans 70 years of age and older; employees of K-12 schools that wish to remain or return to in-person or hybrid models.
  • Feb. 8, 2021 – Ohioans 65 years of age and older.

At this time, vaccination eligibility is limited to residents who are 80 years and older. A statewide vaccine provider search is available at https://vaccine.coronavirus.ohio.gov. It allows Ohioans to search by county, ZIP code, and category to find a provider in their area to administer the vaccine. When doses are available through Cleveland Department of Public Health, a registration link and phone number will be shared widely. Those eligible will be contacted to schedule an appointment.

Just a reminder, supply is limited and to expect delays in getting vaccinated, even if you are in the category of people eligible to get vaccinated.

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