COVID-19 vaccine is at the forefront of the public's attention these days.

EDITOR'S NOTE: This story was written in response to reader-submitted query through Open Source, a platform where readers can ask Richland Source’s newsroom to investigate a question.

MANSFIELD -- Numerous readers have asked through our Open Source portal when they can begin to schedule vaccine appointments.

On Tuesday, Richland Public Health answered that question.

Richland Public Health will be releasing a Central Scheduling toll free phone number on Thursday for calling to schedule an appointment for the COVID-19 vaccine from Richland Public Health.

Please do not call Richland Public Health's general number or visit Richland Public Health's building as we cannot pre-schedule anyone except by using the Central Scheduling number.

The Central Scheduling phone number, when announced on Thursday, will be for registering seniors only, starting with those 80 years old and older.

Here’s Ohio Governor Mike DeWine’s plan for Phase 1B (dependent on vaccine supplies):

Tuesday, Jan. 19: vaccinations will be available to those 80 years old and older.

Monday, Jan. 25: vaccinations will open up to those 75 years old and older.

Monday, Feb. 1: vaccinations will open up to those 70 years old and older. Also vaccinations will begin for school personnel.

Monday, Feb. 8: vaccinations will open up to those 65 years old and older.

Again, please look for that number on Thursday to call for scheduling COVID-19 vaccinations. Do not call Richland Public Health’s general number.

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