What You Need to Know About COVID-19 Vaccinations
Nearly a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, vaccines are finally on the way. Thankfully, Phase 1A of the process has been underway for some time. This includes vaccinating healthcare workers and those residing in senior living communities. Vaccinations for elderly residents start in mid-January. For caregivers, friends, and family of seniors, here’s what you need to know.
How the Process Will Work
During the week of January 19th, state health officials will commence a tiered system for those in Phase 1B. This includes individuals over the age of 65, educators, and individuals with chronic illnesses.
Eligible members in this group will need to pre-register with local health officials. You can find the registration link here: https://lucascountyhealth.com/covidvaccine/.
You will then be notified by phone or email of when and where your appointment will occur.
Who Will Get the First Phase 1B Vaccinations?
For the 2.2 million Ohio residents in the Phase 1B group, vaccinations will begin with those over the age of 80. Again, this will start on January 19th. Once that group has been properly vaccinated, the scheduled rollout looks like this:
- Week of January 25, those 75+
- Week of February 1, 70+
- Week of February 8, 65+
*Future vaccination phases will be forthcoming for the general population.
According to the Food and Drug Administration, the available data continues to support the use of two doses of each authorized vaccine at specified intervals. For the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, the interval is 21 days between the first and second dose. For the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, the interval is 28 days between the first and second dose.
Questions, Concerns, and Additional Info
If you have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine including concerns about an allergic reaction, or if you’ve had issues with vaccines in the past, please check with your primary care provider for further guidance.
At Comfort Keepers, the health and safety of our elderly clients, as well as our staff, is of utmost importance. The information above is what we know about vaccination distribution in Ohio as of the date this blog was posted. For the most current information, please visit the Ohio Department of Health website at or consult your primary care physician.