CLEVELAND — Editor's note: Video at the top of this story was originally published on Jan. 19, 2021.
If you’ve been looking for ways to get yourself an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine in Ohio, a new option is now available.
Giant Eagle, Marc's, ACME Fresh Market, Walgreens, CVS, and Discount Drug Mart stores have launched their COVID-19 vaccination registration systems, allowing Ohioans the opportunity to search for available appointments in their area.
Currently, appointments are only open for Ohio residents who are categorized within the state’s Phase 1B vaccination plan. Here's how to schedule an appointment at a store near you:
- CLICK HERE for Giant Eagle COVID-19 vaccination appointments.
- CLICK HERE for ACME Fresh Market COVID-19 vaccination appointments.
- CLICK HERE for Marc's COVID-19 vaccination appointments.
- CLICK HERE for Discount Drug Mart COVID-19 vaccination appointments.
- CLICK HERE for Walgreens COVID-19 vaccination appointments.
- CLICK HERE for CVS COVID-19 vaccination appointments.
NOTE: Appointments are limited, so be sure to check these links frequently for updated options.
See how many people have been vaccinated in Ohio. The darker shades of green indicate the states where the highest number of vaccinations have been given:
Because of the limited vaccination supply, store officials are asking for patience.
“We recognize the inevitable frustrations that many will feel as appointments across Ohio fill up quickly,” said Giant Eagle Vice President of Risk and Chief Pandemic Officer Vic Vercammen. “Please know that Giant Eagle remains in close contact with health officials at the county and state levels and we expect to receive additional shipments of COVID-19 vaccine in the days to come.”
Giant Eagle stresses that if a patient does not meet current vaccination eligibility requirements, they will not be able to get a vaccine until further notice.
“All Ohioans are asked to only schedule a vaccine appointment when they are deemed eligible by health authorities,” company officials said.
Those without internet access are asked to contact their local Giant Eagle pharmacy to ask about appointment availability.
So when are you eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine?
Here's a breakdown of who's able to get vaccinated in Phase 1C and Phase 2 as of March 4, 2021:
Phase 1C: Pregnant women, type 1 diabetics, ALS patients and bone marrow transplant recipients. People who work in child care services, funeral services and law enforcement / corrections officers.
Phase 2: Ohioans ages 60 and older.
Here's a breakdown of Ohio's plan as groups in Phase 1B became 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.
Starting Feb. 15, the following groups are eligible for the vaccine as Phase 1B continues:
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