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3 ways you can pre-register for a COVID-19 vaccine appointment at University Hospitals

There's also an option for those who don't have internet access.

CLEVELAND — Editor's note: Video at the top of this story was originally published on Jan. 25, 2021.

Have you been looking to get a COVID-19 vaccine, but struggling to make an appointment? This might make your search for the vaccination a bit easier.

The University Hospitals system is offering three ways patients can pre-register to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment. They're currently only accepting pre-registration for Ohio residents classified in the state's Phase 1B vaccination group.

Here’s how it works…

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

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UH said appointments will be scheduled in the order determined by the Ohio Department of Health, prioritizing the most vulnerable people.

“UH is currently building virtual infrastructure for online scheduling where a patient will choose the day, time and location for their appointment online,” officials said in a press release. “UH aims to roll out this process by the middle of February.”

Here's a breakdown of Ohio's current plan as groups in Phase 1B become eligible for the vaccine:

  • Week of Jan. 19: Ohioans 80 years of age and older.
  • Week of Jan. 25: Ohioans 75 years of age and older; those with severe congenital or developmental disorders.
  • Week of Feb. 1: Ohioans 70 years of age and older; employees of K-12 schools that wish to remain or return to in-person or hybrid models.
  • Week of Feb. 8: Ohioans 65 years of age and older.

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