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The Ashtabula City Health Department is prepared to move to the second phase of vaccine distribution. The State of Ohio is transitioning to Phase 1B the week of January 19th.
The Ashtabula City Health Department has set up a COVID-19 Vaccine Registration Hotline to begin the registration process and begin scheduling individuals who meet the eligibility criteria to receive the vaccine. This phone line will have a live phone operator from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Please understand high call volumes are expected. The hotline will have the ability to leave a message. You are asked to include your first and last name, date of birth and a phone number you can be reached at. You will receive a return call once the vaccine becomes available and eligibility requirements are met.
The COVID-19 Vaccine Scheduling Hotline number is (440) 992-7188.
Phase 1B will specifically include those below who choose to be vaccinated:
Ohioans, age 65 and up.
Ohioans with severe congenital, developmental, or early onset medical disorders that make them particularly vulnerable. This includes cerebral palsy; spina bifida; congenital heart disease; type 1 diabetes; inherited metabolic disorders; severe neurological disorders. including epilepsy; severe genetic disorders, including Down syndrome, fragile X syndrome, Prader-Willi syndrome, and Turner syndrome; severe lung disease, including cystic fibrosis and severe asthma; sickle cell anemia; and alpha and beta thalassemia.
Adults/employees in all schools that want to go back, or to remain, educating in person.
Phase 1B Timing
Vaccinations in Phase 1B are expected to begin the week of January 19. Governor DeWine announced a tiered system for offering vaccinations to the estimated 2.2 million people who are eligible for the vaccine under this phase, beginning with those who are 80 or older. When a new age group begins, vaccinations may not be complete for the previous age group. It will take a number of weeks to distribute all of the vaccine given the limited doses available.
The week of Jan. 19: Ohioans 80 years of age and older.
The week of Jan. 25: Ohioans 75 years of age and older; those with severe congenital or developmental disorders.
The 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.
The week of Feb. 8: Ohioans 65 years of age and older.
Scheduling will be dependent on the availability of the vaccine. To date, shipments have contained limited doses although we are being reassured by the State of Ohio more shipments containing larger amounts of doses are forthcoming.
Providers in the City of Ashtabula
In addition to the Ashtabula City Health Department, the Ashtabula County Medical Center and Signature Health are two agencies within the City of Ashtabula who can administer the vaccine to those in Phase 1B.
Registration for the COVID-19 vaccine administered by Ashtabula County Medical Center can be made by calling 440-994-2675. Appointments will be scheduled in the order that calls were received and in accordance with the State of Ohio designated age groups.
Providers Outside of the City of Ashtabula
The Ashtabula County Health Department vaccine pre-registration number is (440) 576-3023. Currently their phone system cannot handle the volume of calls they are getting. Although they are taking the calls as they can get through, this new online form will be the fastest way to get added to this list. Please follow this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FB5BP78
While this week is for Phase 1B: age 80 and over, anyone 65 and over can complete this form. If you are able to fill this out versus calling, please do so. The Ashtabula County Health Department is grateful for your patience during this time.
Individuals can visit the Conneaut City Health Department website to sign up for the COVID-19 Vaccine. Based on the age group criteria, the Conneaut City HD will call registrants and schedule an appointment. If residents are not able to register online, they can call the Conneaut Health Department at (440) 593-3087.
Giant Eagle Pharmacy is eager to do their part to help vaccinate Ohio residents who fall within Phase 1B. They are actively working through the State’s latest guidance and will be prepared to begin scheduling qualifying Ohio residents as early as Wednesday, January 20th. Qualifying residents are encouraged to call their local Giant Eagle Pharmacy beginning January 20th to see if their pharmacy has received vaccine and if a vaccine appointment can be scheduled.
Giant Eagle – Ashtabula: (440) 992-6165
Giant Eagle - Geneva: (440) 466-3005
Register Online or Call Your Local Discount Drug Mart to let them know you are interested in receiving a COVID-19 vaccine. As we move through Ohio's phased approach, you will be contacted when your phase begins and they have vaccine available to schedule an appointment.
Discount Drug Mart – Ashtabula: (440) 998-0663
Discount Drug Mart – Jefferson: (440) 576-3111
Since it will take some time to vaccinate all our communities against COVID-19, practicing social distancing, wearing a mask, practicing good hygiene, and avoiding gatherings to slow the spread are still important guidelines to follow to protect you, your loved ones, and your community. Please continue to do your part so that our caregivers can focus on vaccinations rather than positive patients.