CLEVELAND — Editor's note: Video at the top of this story was originally published on March 5, 2021
Ohio has been in Phase 1B of the state's COVID-19 vaccination plan for several weeks now, but is starting to move to Phase 1C and Phase 2. As of March 4, Ohioans ages 60 and older are now eligible to receive the shot, along with the following groups:
- Pregnant women
- Type 1 diabetics
- ALS patients
- Bone marrow transplant recipients
- Law enforcement / corrections officers
- Child care employees
- Funeral service employees
Remember, coronavirus vaccines are by appointment only. You can find a comprehensive list of providers in the state by clicking here.
The Ohio Department of Health has launched a new tool where Ohioans can select their county or their ZIP code to see a list of providers that received or will receive vaccine doses.
3News Senior Health Correspondent Monica Robins has provided a couple of key things to know as we go forward in the process of vaccinations:
- COVID vaccines are available by APPOINTMENT ONLY. And only to those in the age group or categories 1A, 1B, 1C, and 2.
- You should register to get your vaccine now. This is only to be notified when it's your turn to get an appointment. You can do this with your health department, hospital system or pharmacy. Check the navigation guide link below for more details and locations.
- When you get your appointment, you will also be scheduled for your second shot appointment. You will receive a card indicating which vaccine you received.
- Ohio is implementing age guidelines that are staggered thru the next few weeks. However, just because 65-year-olds are supposed to start on Feb. 8, that doesn't mean that's when you'll get called for your appointment. Much will depend on the supply of vaccine to the state, county and provider you've registered with. They will continue vaccinating those who registered in the previous age group until it's time to move on to the next.
- Which is why you should register now, at various locations, to at least save a place in line. However, if you do get the call and get vaccinated, please give a courtesy call to the other locations to remove yourself from their registry.
- Not all providers have a registration page available on their website yet. You may try calling.
- For your loved ones in Cuyahoga County who do not have access to a computer, as of Monday, Jan. 25, you can call the United Way's 2-1-1 HelpLink for assistance in registering to receive a vaccine.
- In Stark and Summit counties, you can also reach out to The Extra Daughter LLC at 330-289-7519. The company has helped people in Akron and Canton apply online and also takes older adults to their appointments.
- Another resource to help is the Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging. They will not only give you vaccine information and registration, but also transportation you to your appointment if needed. They serve Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain and Medina counties. You can call 844-304-0004 and they can help guide you through the registration process and find you transportation as well.
- Can I sue if I have a bad reaction to COVID vaccine or treatment? Click here to find out more about the Public Readiness Emergency Preparedness Act (PREP). It answers whether or not people can sue RX companies if they suffer death or bad reaction to a vaccine or other COVID treatment.
- Finally...HAVE PATIENCE. As demand is increasingly high, it may impact websites and phone systems.
Here is a rundown of what we know from county and city health departments as well as from Northeast Ohio's hospitals and pharmacies. (Note: This is a developing list and will be updated as more outlets provide information to 3News.)
Map By Joe Calabrese (WKYC).
County boards of health:
According to the Cuyahoga County Board of Health's website, as of Monday, Jan. 25, it is not yet ready to begin Phase 1B as it is still working through Phase 1A.
The county says it doesn't know how long it will be until they are ready for Phase 1B.
Keep checking www.ccbh.net for the list of Phase 1B providers and locations. Or see the list below:
In addition to distribution at major healthcare providers like the Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals, MetroHealth, and major pharmacy chains like Discount Drug Mart, Giant Eagle and Marc's, the vaccine will be distributed to:
- Beachwood Medical Center - 25501 Chagrin Blvd, Beachwood
- Care Alliance Central Neighborhood Clinic - 2916 Central Ave., Cleveland
- Care Alliance St. Clair Clinic - 1530 St. Clair Ave. NE, Cleveland
- Church Square Pharmacy - 7905 Euclid Ave., Cleveland
- Cleveland Department of Public Health - 4242 Lorain Ave., Cleveland
- Cleveland LowCost Pharmacy - 14529 Puritas Ave., Cleveland
- NEON Hough Health Center - 8300 Hough Ave., Cleveland
- NEON Southeast Health Center - 13301 Miles Ave., Cleveland
- Neighborhood Family Practice - 3569 Ridge Rd., Cleveland
- Signature Health Beachwood - 24200 Chagrin Blvd., Beachwood
- Signature Health Maple Heights - 21100 Southgate Park Blvd., Beachwood
- Southwest General - 18697 Bagley Rd., Middleburg Heights
- St. Vincent Charity Medical Center - 2351 E. 22nd St., Cleveland
- St. Luke's LowCost Pharmacy - 11201 Shaker Blvd., Cleveland
You can see the full list here.
See the county's COVID-19 information below:
The county has updated their vaccine rollout plan. Their pre-registration tool now includes a few more questions related to eligibility, meaning your status may have changed since you first submitted your information. Residents are asked to complete the new survey HERE.
"We will be matching your new response with your old one so we can use your original submission date and you will not lose your place in line," health officials said Feb. 24. "We are prioritizing by age first and then by date of submission."
As of March 4, Lake County General Health District (LCGHD), Lake Health, and the Lake County Emergency Management Agency have expanded its COVID-19 vaccine appointment scheduling with the ArmorVax scheduling system.
On Friday mornings, vaccine appointments for the following week will be available in ArmorVax. Notice of clinics will also be posted at www.lcghd.org, on LCGHD’s Facebook and Twitter sites, and announced via LCGHD’s weekly situation report. Lake County residents who currently qualify to receive the COVID-19 vaccine can create an account with the ArmorVax scheduling system by visiting www.armorvax.com. Once an account is created, eligible users will be able to search for available vaccine appointments.
Those needing assistance with making appointments may call (440) 350-2684 on Mondays and Tuesdays, between the hours of 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.
This is for those residents in phases 1A, 1B, 1C, and 2.
Vaccine will be offered at the following Lake County providers starting the week of January 18:
Lake Health and Lake County General Health District: Lake Health and LCGHD will be combining resources to vaccinate those who are eligible for Phase 1B. Anyone 65 years of age or older, and those with severe congenital, developmental, or early-onset disorders is eligible for vaccination in 1B. Anyone who is interested can be placed on a list to to be contacted for scheduling when vaccine becomes available by visiting https://www.lcghd.org/2019-novel-coronavirus-ncov/covid-19-vaccination/, or calling (440) 350-2188. The link to sign up is located under the Phase 1B heading.
Eligible individuals will then be notified through the Lake County Wireless Emergency Notification System (WENS) via telephone and email with instructions on how to schedule an appointment. Clinic times and locations will also be provided at that time. It may take several weeks to be notified by the WENS system. Residents are invited to text the keyword LAKEOHVAX to 69310 to sign-up to receive messages from the WENS system.
Signature Health: https://www.signaturehealthinc.org/ (440) 578-8203
The following Lake County retail pharmacies are also receiving doses the week of January 18.
Discount Drug Mart: Learn more online at: discount-drugmart.com or call the pharmacy.
- 34100 Vine Street, Eastlake (440) 942-3330
- 8500 Mentor Avenue, Mentor (440) 255-0040
- 8023 Crile Road, Concord Township (440) 853-2542
Discount Drug Mart will have appointment windows that align with their normal pharmacy hours, seven days a week. Patients should call the store, and press “1” for the pharmacy to schedule an appointment.
Giant Eagle Pharmacy: Learn more online at: www.gianteagle.com/covidvaccine or call the pharmacy.
- 36475 Euclid Avenue, Willoughby (440) 946-7714
- 6556 N. Ridge Road, Madison (440) 428-6111
- 30320 Lakeshore Boulevard, Willowick (440) 944-6963
- 8383 Tyler Boulevard, Mentor (440) 701-1004
- 1201 Mentor Avenue, Painesville (440) 358-7769
- 6079 Andrews Road, Mentor-on-the-Lake (440) 306-0011
Marc’s Pharmacy: Learn more online at: www.marcs.com or call the pharmacy.
- 29700 Lakeshore Boulevard, Willowick (440) 944-2801
- 7353 Mentor Avenue, Mentor (440) 951-1721
Lorain County Public Health is coordinating COVID-19 vaccine clinics for people who live or work in Lorain County and qualify for Phase 1A or Phase 1B.
The county health department expects to finish phase 1A of vaccine distribution by Saturday, Jan. 16.
Click here to register for email notifications about upcoming clinics.
In addition to the Medina County Health Department, 13 providers in Medina County will begin to receive vaccine for Phase 1B populations next week.
No cost transportation within the county is available for those requiring this service in order to get vaccinated. Please call the Office for Older Adults at 330-723-9514.
Medina County will receive 1,800 doses this upcoming week with hope that this allocation will continue to increase moving forward. Please be assured if you are unable to get an appointment right away, providers are expected to receive new shipments weekly.
Check below for the complete list of providers:
Register here to sign up and receive information from Portage County Health District as to when it will be able to begin providing COVID-19 vaccinations to the designated priority groups.
The Stark County Health Department has launched the registration process for individuals in Phase 1B who are wanting to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. The department will start scheduling those 80 years of age and older. Others 65 years of age and older and those with Congenital or Developmental Disorders will be placed on a waiting list until it is their time to receive the vaccine.
Those wishing to schedule and register for the vaccine can call (330) 353-9010, where they will hear a recorded prompt to leave their information. A representative will give them a call back shortly to schedule their appointment or to register their information so that when their week comes they can be scheduled.
Residents can also visit StarkHealth.org to learn more about this process. The clinic will be held at the Whipple-Dale Centre, the home of Stark County Board of Developmental Disabilities, located at 2950 Whipple Ave. NW, Canton, Ohio 44708.
Those registered should bring a state issued ID or driver’s license and an insurance card.
On March 1, Summit County will switch to a lottery system for scheduling COVID-19 appointments. Individuals who have already registered for a vaccine do not need to re-register in this system to be considered for the lottery. For those that have not registered, you can do so by clicking here.
Click here for complete information on vaccine distribution: https://www.scph.org/covid/vaccine
Residents lacking internet access or a device should call the Summit County Public Health COVID Call Center at (330) 926-5795. Call Center staff will share vaccine provider locations and contact information with residents. Staff is available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The pharmacies/healthcare centers below are scheduled to receive small quantities of vaccine to provide in accordance with the State of Ohio Phase/Subgroup guidelines. They will be focused on providing vaccine to only those community members age 80+ with their initial doses. Please contact the pharmacy or community health center directly to find out their plan for scheduling/distribution.
AXESSPOINTE COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS/ARLINGTON
1400 S Arlington St, Akron, OH 44306 888-975-9188
ACME PHARMACY: Learn more online at: www.acmestores.com or call the pharmacy.
- 3979 Medina Rd., Akron OH 44333 330-666-3300
- 3235 Manchester R., Akron, OH 44319 330-644-0350
DISCOUNT DRUG MART: Learn more online at: discount-drugmart.com or call the pharmacy.
- 4044 Fishcreek Rd., Stow, OH 44221 330-688-6140
- 655 Portage Trail, Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221 330-923-8332
- 5863 Darrow Rd, Hudson, OH 44236 330-342-5500
- 711 Canton Rd., Akron, OH 44312 330-794-1181
- 3100 Glenwood Blvd., Twinsburg, OH 44087 330-405-6650
GIANT EAGLE PHARMACY: Learn more online at: www.gianteagle.com/covidvaccine or call the pharmacy.
- 1700 Corporate Woods Pkwy, Uniontown, OH 44685 330-896-9787
- 2687 State Rd, Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44223 330-928-8844
- 230 Howe Rd, Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221 330-929-6372
- 41 5th St, SE, Barberton, OH 44203 330-861-0849
- 3750 W Market St, Fairlawn, OH 44333 330-668-6605
- 2775 W Market St, Fairlawn, OH 44333 330-836-2036
- 484 E Waterloo Rd, Akron, OH 44319 330-773-7772
- 2801 E Waterloo Rd, Akron, OH 44312 330-628-6067
- 4300 Kent Rd, Stow, OH 44224 330-686-9121
- 1700 Norton Rd, Stow, OH 44224 330-650-4093
- 290 E Aurora Rd, Northfield, OH 44067 330-468-3263
- 205 West Ave, Tallmadge, OH 44278 330-634-0688
- 8960 Darrow Rd, Twinsburg, OH 44087 330-405-7105
MARC’S PHARMACY: Learn more online at: www.marcs.com or call the pharmacy.
- 470 Howe Ave, Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221 330-928-8611
- 2753 W Market St, Fairlawn, OH 44333 330-869-0426
- 550 W Aurora Rd, Sagamore Hills, OH 44067 330-468-4868
- 2891 E Waterloo Rd, Akron, OH 44312 330-628-0781
- 3732 Darrow Rd, Stow, OH 44224 330-686-5285
- 360 E Waterloo Rd, Akron, OH 44319 330-773-5554
The Wayne County Health Department (WCHD), Wooster Community Hospital, Aultman-Orrville Hospital, Discount Drug Mart and Marc's Pharmacy will serve as vaccine dispensing points to serve Wayne County residents.
Wayne County will be receiving a total of 900 doses for next week. The WCHD has established a registry for any Wayne County resident 65 and older interested in receiving the vaccine. This registry will allow the Wayne County Health Department to prioritize vaccine distribution between the Health Department and the Hospitals. It will also allow them to contact those who were unable to receive the vaccine to receive it when vaccine supply increases.
Those who complete the registry will receive further information or notification on where to receive their vaccination and when vaccine is available for them. You will not receive vaccine through the Health Department or the hospitals if you have not registered and been notified with a clinic appointment.
The vaccine registry can be found at www.wayne-health.org/coronavirus. If you do not have internet access or you need assistance filling the form out, please contact The United Way WHIRE line at (330) 263-6363. Someone there will assist you. Please do not go to a dispensing location and expect to receive a vaccine if you have not been contacted for an appointment.
Each vaccine recipient is asked to bring their insurance information however it is not required if they have no insurance. There is no out of pocket cost for receiving the vaccine through the health department or the hospitals. Also please plan to receive your second dose where you received your first dose.
Discount Drug Mart and Marc’s Pharmacy will also be receiving part of the county’s total allocation. For information on receiving vaccine at one of the pharmacies you may contact:
- Discount Drug Mart in Wooster at (330) 264-8404 and dial 1 for the pharmacy
- Marc’s Pharmacy in Wooster at (330) 234-5601.
Update: Cleveland Clinic says they are now taking appointments for individuals who aren't a patient of the Clinic.
If you need help scheduling, haven’t been seen at a Cleveland Clinic facility in the past three years or aren’t a Cleveland Clinic patient:
Call 216-448-4117 for help scheduling your vaccine. Schedulers are available Tuesday - Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
You can also click here for more information.
Patients are encouraged to register for their vaccination appointment through MyChart. For those patients who do not have access to MyChart, you can call 216-444-2538.
Vaccination sites will be at Hillcrest and Fairview hospitals, and the InterContinental Hotel located on Cleveland Clinic’s main campus (patients can choose the location)
After receiving your first vaccine, you will be given information on how to schedule an appointment for your 2nd dose.
Update: As of March 4, University Hospitals opened their vaccine pre-registration website to residents eligible under both phase 1C and phase 2.
Once pre-registered for an appointment, University Hospitals will contact the patient via text or email when an appointment time is available. The patient will be provided a phone number to call so that they can speak with a scheduler.
University Hospitals is only distributing the vaccine by appointment. UH prioritizes appointments for populations the state has deemed most vulnerable.
Patients unable to access the internet can call 216-844-3339 for assistance.
There are three ways you can pre-register for a COVID-19 vaccine with University Hospitals:
THOSE WITH INTERNET ACCESS
Pre-register using this site.
THOSE WHO CAN'T ACCESS THE SITE
Please call 216-844-3339 (choose option 2). Please leave a voicemail and someone will contact you to help you pre-register. UH officials said phone calls should be returned within 24 hours.
THOSE WITH ACCESS TO THE INTERNET, BUT NOT E-MAIL OR TEXT
- Go to the pre-registration website HERE
- Fill out the patient’s information
- In the “Home Phone Number” field, type in the patient’s home phone number
- In the “I prefer to be contacted via” field, choose “Text”
- In the “Cell Phone Number” field, type in 000-000-0000
- Click Submit
- If you successfully complete the form in this manner you will be contacted by phone on your home phone
Initially, UH will provide all public COVID-19 vaccinations by appointment only at the UH Management Services Center located at 3605 Warrensville Center Rd. in Shaker Heights. UH is exploring opening more locations for public vaccinations in the future.
Click here for more: https://www.uhhospitals.org/services/covid-19-vaccine
Southwest General started holding appointment-only vaccination clinics on Thursday, January 21. Currently, all vaccine appointments are full and they are unable to schedule any additional appointments at this time.
"As we continue to receive supplies of the COVID-19 vaccine in the weeks ahead, we will provide additional vaccine clinics for other age groups as they become eligible based on the state’s Phase 1B guidelines. We encourage individuals to check our website (swgeneral.com) for additional information," Southwest General said in a release announcing the vaccine clinics.
VA Northeast Ohio Healthcare System:
As of Monday, Jan. 25, the VA Northeast Ohio Healthcare System says it's nearly done reaching out to veteran patients who are 75 and older to schedule appointments. But, in order to make sure they don't miss anyone, they've opened a phone line to help schedule any missing appointments.
Those veterans can schedule their appointments at 216-707-7660. That line will be open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Veterans will be scheduled for both appointments during that first phone call. The VA is administering the Pfizer-Biontech vaccine.
Veterans who are currently eligible to schedule appointments are those 75 and up who also receive care at the following VA locations:
- East Liverpool
- Lake County
- Lorain County
- New Philadelphia
Any veterans 75 and up who are not enrolled in VA health care are still encouraged to call 216-707-7914 to discuss their eligibility.
If you are an eligible patient and need help scheduling your appointment, please call 216-778-6100.
If you are a Summa Health patient who has a MyChart account: If you are eligible to schedule your vaccine appointment, you will see an announcement on your homepage to schedule when you login to MyChart.
If you are a Summa Health patient who has not signed up for MyChart yet: Sign up for MyChart by creating your account by clicking here.
Click here for more information
If you qualify for the vaccine as a Phase 1A or Phase 1B recipient, call the Mercy Health COVID-19 Vaccination Hotline at 866-624-0366 to schedule your appointment or to get additional information about the Mercy Health locations which are offering the COVID-19 vaccine.
You can also call 440-322-6367
For more information: https://www.mercy.com/mercy-health-monitoring-coronavirus-covid-19/covid-19-vaccine/ohio
Care Alliance Health Center
Vaccinations will be provided every Tuesday and Thursday beginning Jan. 26.
Due to limited supply and high demand, individuals who meet the current requirements should call Care Alliance at (216) 535-9100 to schedule an appointment. Appointments do not guarantee a person will receive a vaccine from Care Alliance. Vaccinations will be administered at Care Alliance’s Central Neighborhood Clinic located at 2916 Central Avenue in Cleveland.
Neighborhood Family Practice Community Health Centers
Neighborhood Family Practice has received its first supply of COVID-19 vaccines and is now administering them by appointment only to patients and community members age 80+ living in Cleveland’s diverse west side neighborhoods.
Among those being vaccinated are members of some of the area’s most vulnerable groups – Black, Latinx and refugee communities.
The vaccines are being distributed at Neighborhood Family Practice Ridge Community Health Center at 3569 Ridge Road in Cleveland by appointment only from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Neighborhood Family Practice has also partnered with the Ohio Department of Health for a one-day vaccine clinic at La Sagrada Familia Church on Wednesday, February 17 from 2-5 p.m.
To schedule a vaccine (currently scheduling/waitlisting for those age 65+), call 216-237-6100 or click here.
CVS is administering the COVID-19 vaccine in select areas by appointment only. Click here for more information on how to make your appointment.
Discount Drug Mart:
76 Discount Drug Mart pharmacies throughout Ohio are now starting to take appointments for the COVID-19 vaccine. You can make your appointment online at covid.discount-drugmart.com or call 1-844-625-0843.
Patients MUST schedule an appointment. No walk-ins will be permitted.
Giant Eagle launched its online vaccine appointment scheduling tool at www.gianteagle.com/covid. Each Giant Eagle Pharmacy location will make initial vaccine appointments available starting Thursday, January 21 through the weekend. More appointments will be loaded onto the site as individual pharmacies receive additional shipments of vaccine.
The vaccine is now available at 33 of their pharmacy locations throughout Northeast Ohio. The vaccination is available by appointment only and can be scheduled online at marcs.com
Eligible Ohio residents can schedule their appointments online and find a list of participating Walgreens locations to receive their vaccine using Walgreens COVID-19 vaccine appointment scheduler.
You can also call 1-800-Walgreens for your appointment.
Meijer has also announced plans to help with vaccine distribution. You can register for a vaccine remotely by either texting "COVID" to the number "75049", or by registering online here. Customers can also visit their pharmacy locations. There, you'll need to answer three questions to determine which phase of vaccine distribution you qualify under. Then, as the chain receives doses, they'll notify registrants of a date for their vaccine appointment. At that point, be able to accept, decline (but stay eligible), or opt out of the process entirely.
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