SHELBY — OhioHealth announced today that it began providing COVID-19 vaccines to patients who are 80 years of age and older on Tuesday, January 19, in accordance with guidance from Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and the Ohio Department of Health.
Vaccination appointments began at 8 a.m. at OhioHealth Physician Group practices on the second floor of OhioHealth Shelby Hospital as well as the first floor of OhioHealth Balgreen Medical Office Building in Mansfield. Walk-in appointments will not be accepted. Individuals who have scheduled a vaccination through OhioHealth MyChart or the OhioHealth vaccine hotline will be vaccinated.
“We are excited to begin vaccinations for seniors in our community,” said Dr. Gavin Baumgardner, vice president of medical affairs, OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital and OhioHealth Shelby Hospital. “This is the first big step to help protect them from the COVID-19 virus.”
OhioHealth opened vaccination clinics in six counties today including Delaware, Franklin, Hardin, Marion, Pickaway and Richland. OhioHealth is partnering with the Athens City-County Health Department for vaccinations in Athens. For a full list and to schedule visit www.ohiohealth.com/covidvaccine.
OhioHealth has already vaccinated more than 20,000 healthcare workers since December. OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital administered first doses of the vaccine to upwards of 1,900 healthcare or congregate care workers since December 22 and will continue to provide second doses of the vaccine to those vaccine recipients. OhioHealth expects to vaccinate some 5,000 members of the general public this week. Of that amount, more than 500 vaccines will be provided to seniors in Richland County.
How to schedule:
For patients who have a medical record in the last three years at OhioHealth, vaccinations can be self-scheduled through OhioHealth MyChart, which is available on the OhioHealth website or via smartphone app. Patients will be notified through OhioHealth MyChart when they are able to schedule. Patients are encouraged to check their OhioHealth MyChart account now to ensure their contact information is up to date. OhioHealth MyChart is the easiest and fastest way to schedule an appointment.
For all others or those that are unable to schedule online:
Those in the eligible age groups can call our scheduling hotline to book their vaccination appointments. The hotline can be reached at (614) 533-6999 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Vaccinations will be given following the schedule below, current as of Jan. 18:
Week of Jan. 19 – Patients 80 years of age and older.
Week of Jan. 25 – Patients 75 years of age and older; those with severe congenital or developmental disorders as specified by the Ohio Department of Health.
Week of Feb. 1 – Patients 70 years of age and older.
Week of Feb. 8 – Patients 65 years of age and older.
Appointments slots are filling fast. If a preferred location is fully booked, then patients will have the option to select another OhioHealth vaccine administration location, based upon availability. If no appointments are available when scheduling opens, patients are encouraged to regularly check OhioHealth MyChart. Appointments will be added as additional vaccine arrives.
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Based in Columbus, Ohio, OhioHealth has been recognized as one of the top five large health systems in America by Truven Health Analytics, an honor it has received six times. It was also recognized by FORTUNE as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” for 13 years in a row, 2007-2019.
Serving its communities since 1891, it is a family of 35,000 associates, physicians and volunteers, and a network of 12 hospitals, 200+ ambulatory sites, hospice, home-health, medical equipment and other health services spanning a 47-county area.
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