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OhioHealth is distributing COVID-19 vaccines according to state and federal guidelines. A limited number of appointments will be available each week, due to vaccine supply. If you miss your scheduling window, new appointments will open soon.

Ohio healthcare providers seeking vaccinations must complete this form.

Schedule your COVID-19 vaccine

OhioHealth patients 80 and older will soon be notified to schedule their vaccine in OhioHealth MyChart. Appointments begin January 19. Request a MyChart activation code if you don't have an account.

People 80 and older who have received care at OhioHealth can get the vaccine at OhioHealth vaccine clinics. Following state guidelines, we anticipate opening vaccine appointments to OhioHealth patients 75 and older on January 25, 70 and older on February 1, and 65 and older on February 8. You may also receive the vaccine at retail clinics and other providers throughout Ohio.

OhioHealth COVID-19 vaccine appointments can only be scheduled online through OhioHealth MyChart. A limited number of appointments will be available each week, due to vaccine supply. Walk-in appointments are not available at any OhioHealth physician offices, urgent care locations or emergency departments. Physician offices cannot schedule vaccine appointments.

If you do not have a MyChart account, request an activation code today. You can sign in to your MyChart account at MyChart.OhioHealth.com or through the OhioHealth mobile app. Make sure your contact information is correct. You will receive a notification when you are eligible to schedule a vaccine appointment. You can also request proxy access to a loved one’s account, if you feel they may need assistance, using the Share My Record feature.

Vaccine appointments are only available at OhioHealth locations that can safety store the vaccine. When you schedule your appointment, you will select your preferred location and receive details about where to go.

 

Steps to Schedule

Step 1: Get notified

When it’s time to schedule, you will receive an email from OhioHealth MyChart with the subject line: New order to schedule in MyChart.

Step 2: Get scheduled

  • Sign in to your OhioHealth MyChart account through the OhioHealth mobile app or OhioHealth.com.
  • Click the notification to schedule your SARS COVID-19 first dose appointment.
  • Choose your preferred location, date and time.
  • Follow the prompts to verify or edit your personal information and insurance. On the final page, click Schedule to finish.

Step 3: Get prepared

  • Once you’ve scheduled, watch for an email from OhioHealth MyChart with information to help you prepare for your appointment.
  • Up to seven days before your appointment, complete the eCheck-In (First Step) process through OhioHealth MyChart to verify your information and sign consent.

Step 4: Get your first shot

Please arrive on time to keep the process running smoothly. After your shot, you will need to remain for 15–30 minutes for observation. We’ll also schedule the appointment for your second dose before you leave.  

Step 5: Get your second shot

Depending on the type of vaccine you receive, this will be 21–28 days after your first shot. Be sure to complete the eCheck-In process for this appointment as well.

Optional: Request proxy MyChart access for a loved one

If you have an OhioHealth MyChart account, you can request access to a loved one’s account to help them with scheduling and managing their care. In your loved one’s MyChart account:

  • Open the menu from the home screen and select Share My Record.
  • Click Friends and Family Access, then Invite Someone.
  • Complete the name and email fields, agree to the terms and conditions, and select Send Invite.
  • You will have 24 hours to accept the invitation by logging in to your own MyChart account.

Vaccination clinic locations

OhioHealth is operating COVID-19 vaccination clinics at the locations listed here. Walk-in vaccinations are not available at any OhioHealth clinic site, and all vaccination appointments must be scheduled in OhioHealth MyChart.

Frequently asked questions

Vaccine distribution

Who is currently receiving the vaccine?

OhioHealth is rapidly vaccinating our patient care associates as part of phase 1a of Ohio’s vaccination plan. Phase 1b begins January 19, with vaccination of patients 80 and over who have received care at OhioHealth. Online scheduling for these patients will open soon. Following state guidelines, we anticipate opening vaccine appointments to OhioHealth patients 75 and older on January 25, 70 and older on February 1, and 65 and older on February 8.

The vaccine may not be available to all who want it until spring or early summer. Continuing to practice safe behaviors, like mask-wearing, social distancing and hand-washing, remains important.

What is the process for receiving the vaccine?

OhioHealth COVID-19 vaccine appointments can only be scheduled online through OhioHealth MyChart. Physician offices cannot schedule vaccine appointments. The vaccines we are administering require two doses for a person to achieve a level of immunity. Other vaccines being developed will only require a single dose. OhioHealth will not be able to choose which vaccine it receives. Patients will also not be able to choose which vaccine they receive.

How will I know when I can get the vaccine? Will I be able to sign up?

You will receive a notification through OhioHealth MyChart when you are eligible to schedule a vaccine appointment. Sign in to your MyChart account at MyChart.OhioHealth.com or through the OhioHealth mobile app to make sure your contact information is correct. If you do not have a MyChart account, request an activation code today.

Where can I go to get the vaccine?

Vaccine appointments at OhioHealth are only available at locations that can safety store the vaccine at sub-zero temperatures. When you schedule your appointment, you will select your preferred location and receive details about where to go. You may also receive the vaccine at retail clinics and other providers throughout Ohio. 

How many vaccine appointments will OhioHealth have each week?

OhioHealth will have a limited number of vaccine appointments each week, depending on the allotment of vaccines we receive from the state. If you miss your scheduling window, new appointments will open soon. You may also receive your COVID-19 vaccine at retail clinics and other providers throughout Ohio.

What vaccines have been approved?

Two COVID-19 vaccines have been granted emergency use authorization from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). These vaccines, manufactured by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna, began arriving in Ohio in December 2020.

Are some COVID-19 vaccines better than others?

All FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccines will be safe and offer a significant level of immunity to people who receive them. There is no advantage to choosing between the different types of vaccines produced by different manufacturers. Learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine development and approval process on the OhioHealth Blog.

Are Walk-in appointments available?

Walk-in appointments are not available at any OhioHealth physician offices, urgent care locations or emergency departments.

Getting vaccinated

Why should I get the COVID-19 vaccine?

Any vaccine that receives FDA authorization will offer some level of immunity to COVID-19. The COVID-19 vaccine is not expected to provide full immunity, like the vaccines for measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) or chickenpox do. It will likely function more like a flu shot, which provides incomplete or partial immunity. In that case, recipients could still develop COVID-19, but the symptoms would be less severe.

How does the vaccine work?

The vaccine offers immunity by activating antibodies to fight the virus in your immune system so that if you’re exposed, your body can fight the virus before you get sick. Although the vaccine is not expected to provide full immunity, it is the most effective way to avoid contracting COVID-19 or minimizing symptoms if you do contract COVID-19.

What is herd immunity? Why is it important?

In order to fight COVID-19, we need to establish herd immunity. Herd immunity is when a sufficient enough proportion of a population is immune to an infectious disease which makes its spread from person to person unlikely. If enough people become immune through the vaccination, we can prevent the spread and develop herd immunity.  Even individuals not vaccinated are offered some protection because the disease has little opportunity to spread within the community.

What percentage of the population needs to get vaccinated to have herd immunity to COVID-19?

Experts do not yet know what percentage of people would need to get vaccinated to achieve herd immunity to COVID-19. The percentage of people who need to have protection in order to achieve herd immunity varies by disease.

Are there any reasons someone should not get the COVID-19 vaccine?

People under 16 should not receive COVID-19 vaccines because they are still being studied to determine the proper application for children.

People with serious allergic reactions, such as anaphylaxis, should discuss the COVID-19 vaccine with their doctor before receiving it.

Patients who have received monoclonal antibody infusions for COVID-19 should wait 90 days before receiving a COVID-19 vaccine.

People who have a short-term illness, such as strep throat or a cold, should wait to get the vaccine until they’re feeling better.

How do I know the COVID-19 vaccine is safe?

The U.S. vaccine safety system ensures that all vaccines are as safe as possible. Clinical trials are used to study the effectiveness of vaccines in thousands of study participants. Data from these trials is provided to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to determine vaccine safety and effectiveness. If the FDA determines a vaccine candidate meets its rigorous safety and effectiveness requirements, it can make the vaccine available for use through approval or emergency use authorization. After the FDA makes its determination, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) reviews available data before making final vaccine recommendations to the CDC. The COVID-19 vaccine development process involved several steps comparable with those used to develop other vaccines, and there have been no shortcuts in the vaccine development process.

Can I stop wearing a mask and social distancing after I get vaccinated?

No. While experts learn more about the protection that COVID-19 vaccines provide under real-life conditions, it will be important for everyone to continue using all the tools available to us to help stop this pandemic, like covering your mouth and nose with a mask, washing hands often, and staying at least 6 feet away from others.

If I’ve already had COVID-19, do I still need to be vaccinated?

It is not known how long natural immunity from COVID-19 infection lasts. Because of the severe health risks of COVID-19, you may be advised to get a vaccine even if you’ve recovered from COVID-19.

Will I experience side effects from the COVID-19 vaccine?

Minor side effects are an indication that your body is responding to the vaccine and building protection against COVID-19. The side effects may feel like cold or flu symptoms, and may even affect your ability to do daily activities, but should go away in a few days.

HOW WILL THINGS CHANGE IF I GET THE VACCINE?

We do not yet know how long the vaccine’s temporary immunity will last. Even if you have been vaccinated, you may still be able to get sick with COVID-19 and potentially spread it to others who have higher risks of complications. You should continue to wear a mask, practice social distancing and follow other preventive measures for COVID-19.

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