The Quick Take for This Week:
- This week we are vaccinating persons age 70 and older.
- We will hold a mass vaccination clinic by appointment only on Friday, Feb. 05 in the late morning/early afternoon.
- The online appointment scheduler for this clinic will open on Thursday, Feb. 04 at 8:30am.
- To book an appointment for this Friday’s clinic, go to uchdclinic.org starting Thursday, Feb. 04 at 8:30am.
- Vaccine supply remains limited. We receive between 100-400 doses a week. It may take several weeks to be able to book an appointment during this time of limited vaccine supply.
- We need your help in assisting older adults who may not have a computer or be comfortable booking an online appointment. Please reach out to your loved ones, friends or neighbors and see if you can help them book their online appointment. You can book an appointment on their behalf as long as you have their consent.
- The Union County Health Department, Union County Senior Services, Marysville Public Library and many local churches are also helping to make online appointments for age eligible residents. See information below on how to get help from each of these groups.
- Call volume into our office remains incredibly high. We have tripled our staff answering phones and are answering as many calls as we can but continue to ask for your patience.
The Full Details:
Who’s Eligible for Vaccination this Week?
- Ohioans age 70 and older are now eligible for COVID-19 vaccination.
- Persons with developmental and intellectual disabilities AND severe congenital, developmental or early onset medical conditions (as defined below) are eligible for COVID-19 vaccination. The Union County Board of Developmental Disabilities is working to verify eligibility for this group.
What’s the Process to Get Vaccinated?
- Each week we hold a drive thru vaccination clinic by appointment only.
- Appointments are booked online at http://www.uchdclinic.org and are only open to Ohio’s eligible groups. This week, the online appointment scheduler will open on Thursday, Feb. 04 at 8:30am for a mass vaccination clinic on Friday, Feb. 05.
- The appointment scheduler opens up each week for that week’s clinic. Once appointments are all booked, the scheduler for that week closes. A new scheduler will open up the next week.
- Appointments have gone very fast once the appointment scheduler opens, closing in 30-90 minutes of opening.
- To be notified of when the appointment scheduler opens up each week, please go to unioncountycovid.org and click the “join email list” button. You can also sign up to receive automated phone notification messages by calling our office at (937) 642-2053 or sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
How Do I Get Help Making an Appointment?
If you do not have a computer or are not comfortable booking an online appointment, several local groups are offering assistance. We are very grateful to Union County Senior Services, the Marysville Public Library, local senior organizations, the many churches, friends and family members who are helping seniors each week in booking appointments.
- Family, Friends, Neighbors & Senior organizations have been helping many local older adults. We are asking everyone who is comfortable with online scheduling to please reach out to an age eligible loved one to see if you can help them book an appointment. While the vaccine supply remains limited, we need our entire community’s help in getting our vulnerable populations vaccinated.
- Churches – Many local churches are assisting age eligible persons. Please reach out to your church office to see if your church can assist in booking online appointments.
- Union County Health Department Phone Bank – If you do not have a computer, you can call our office at (937) 642-2053 on the date and time the appointment scheduler opens to get assistance in booking an appointment. Please note, we are experiencing a very high call volume and even with tripling our staff on the phones, you may experience a long delay.
- Union County Senior Services – If you do not have a computer, Union County Senior Services is also assisting Union County residents in booking appointments. Once the scheduler opens You can call Union County Senior Services at (937) 644-1010, press option 5 on the date and time the appointment scheduler opens to get assistance in booking an appointment.
- Marysville Public Library – The Marysville Public Library can .help a limited number of Union County residents book an online appointment. Please contact the Adult Reference Department at 937-642-1876 ext. 32 during regular library hours. Please call in advance of the scheduler opening so needed information can be collected.
Need Transportation to Get to Your Vaccination Appointment?
- Many family members, friends, churches and community groups are helping to transport older adults to their COVID-19 vaccination appointment. UCATS (Union County’s local transportation assistance) can also help transport persons age 60 and older to their appointment. Please call UCATS at (937) 642-5100 if you have a transportation need.
Who is Offering COVID-19 Vaccination in Union County?
Kroger Pharmacies in Marysville and many neighboring communities are offering COVID-19 vaccination in accordance with the state of Ohio’s age eligibility. You can make an appointment through Kroger Pharmacy at https://www.kroger.com/rx/guest/get-vaccinated.
Union County Health Department will hold a 70 and older clinic on Friday, Feb. 05. This clinic will be by appointment only. The appointment scheduler for the Friday clinic will open this Thursday at 8:30am. Appointments will be booked at www.uchdclinic.org. Again, this appointment scheduler will not open until Thursday at 8:30am. The best way to book your appointment is through the online scheduler. If you do not have internet access, you can call our office for assistance in booking the appointment beginning at 8:30am on Thursday. Please call (937) 642-2053. Due to the incredibly high call volume, you may be on hold for an extended period of time. If at all possible, we strongly encourage enlisting the help of a friend, family member, church member, or senior support center to assist in booking your appointment online (please see the section on getting help making an appointment above). This week, we anticipate receiving about 400 doses of vaccine. We estimate there are about 4,700 persons age70 and older living within Union County. We continue to ask for your patience and cooperation as it may take several attempts to secure an appointment over the coming weeks based upon anticipated weekly vaccine shipments.
Statewide COVID-19 Vaccine Provider List is available at https://vaccine.coronavirus.ohio.gov/. At this link you can see what COVID-19 vaccine providers are available in our neighboring communities in addition to our county.
Who’s Eligible Next for Vaccination?
- Ohioans age 65 and older will be eligible starting the week of Feb. 08
- Adults working in Union County K-12 schools are slated to be vaccinated the week of Feb. 15. More details are coming over the next two weeks. This vaccination effort is only for adults working in Union County K-12 schools (private and public). We cannot vaccinate Union County residents who work in schools outside of Union County. You should work with your school district as each school district is facilitating vaccination efforts for their staff.
- Ohioans with severe congenital, developmental and early onset medical conditions (as defined below) are eligible for vaccination beginning the week of Feb. 15. We are still waiting on more information to come from the State of Ohio to learn more about how this group will be vaccinated. We do not yet know what organizations will be vaccinating these individuals or what proof will be needed. Please note that this group is a very narrowly defined group and a person must have a condition that meets the state’s qualifying condition.
Persons with a Developmental Disability & Severe Congenital, Developmental or Early Onset Medical Conditions: Vaccination for Ohioans who have a developmental or intellectual disability AND one of the congenital, developmental or early onset medical condition listed below are also eligible for vaccination this week. Per the State of Ohio, local Boards of Developmental Disabilities are working to identify individuals who meet these criteria. The Union County Board of Developmental Disabilities is currently working with the Union County Health Department to identify eligible Union County residents and arrange vaccination. The Union County Health Department is NOT determining this eligibility. Please also note that the Union County Health Department is currently receiving Pfizer vaccine which is only approved for use in persons age 16 and older.
Persons with Underlying Medical Conditions: The State of Ohio has indicated vaccination could begin as early as Feb. 15 for persons under age 65 who have one of the specific severe congenital, developmental or early onset medical conditions listed in the graphic above. Details on who and how these individuals will be vaccinated are forthcoming from the State of Ohio. For Ohioans with other underlying medical conditions not listed above, no timeline for eligibility has been released as of yet by the State of Ohio.
Ohio’s Phase 1B COVID-19 Vaccination Timeline*:
- Week of Jan. 18 Ohioans age 80+
- Week of Jan. 25 Ohioans age 75+
Ohioans with severe congenital, developmental or early onset medical conditions listed in the above graphic who also have a developmental or intellectual disability
- Week of Feb. 01 Ohioans age 70+
Adults working in schools
- Week of Feb. 08 Ohioans age 65+
- Week of Feb. 15 Ohioans with qualifying severe congenital, developmental or early onset medical conditions listed in the above graphic – more information on who and how this group will be vaccinated is forthcoming from Governor DeWine
* Per Governor DeWine, this timeline may be adjusted as the state of Ohio evaluates vaccination efforts each week.