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MANSFIELD — Richland Public Health has created a registration process for facilities or groups in the health department’s jurisdiction who wish to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
Those facilities or groups named in Phase 1A by the Ohio Department of Health (see below), are asked to follow the process explained in this release. Richland Public Health will contact the facility or group to schedule the appointment times for their staff, patients, residents etc. when the time comes.
“We have received many calls from individuals and facilities in the past few days requesting the new COVID-19 vaccine,” said Amy Schmidt, Director of Nursing at Richland Public Health.
Richland Public Health is advising those groups and facilities named in Phase 1A to visit richlandhealth.org/covid-19-vaccine-information There you can download a spreadsheet to enter information on those that want to be vaccinated in your facility or group. The finished spreadsheet should then be emailed to the department at firstname.lastname@example.org. This will help the Public Health Nursing Division keep a record of those needing the vaccine.
There is no guarantee at this time when every group listed in Phase 1A of the Ohio Vaccination Program will be able to receive the vaccine from Richland Public Health.
“We are hoping to vaccinate everyone in our county who wants the vaccine, when the time comes,” Schmidt said. “However, we do not know how many doses we will be sent or how many additional shipments we will receive.
"There will only be a limited supply in the earliest stages until production catches up with demand. We are committed to an equitable distribution of a safe and effective vaccine.”
Those in Phase 1A of the Ohio Vaccination Program are as follows:
1) People to be vaccinated in congregate care facilities during Phase 1A include:
• Residents and staff of nursing homes and assisted living facilities not enrolled in the federal pharmacy program.
• People with developmental disabilities and those with mental health disorders including substance use disorders who live in group homes, residential facilities, or centers and staff at those locations not enrolled in the federal pharmacy program.
2) Healthcare providers prioritized for vaccination in Phase 1A should be those with the greatest occupational risk for exposure to and/or transmission of SARS-CoV-2. Examples of prioritized high-risk healthcare workers include (in no specific priority order):
• Home health/hospice workers not vaccinated by hospitals or healthcare systems.
• Emergency Medical Services responders.
• Primary care practitioners, including family medicine and general medicine providers.
• Freestanding EDs, urgent care, pharmacies, and dialysis centers not vaccinated by hospitals or healthcare systems.
• OB-GYN practitioners not vaccinated by hospitals or healthcare systems.
• Federally Qualified Health Center providers.
• Dental providers.
• Surgeons not vaccinated by hospitals or healthcare systems.
• Mobile unit practitioners.
• Healthcare providers, including public health employees, at risk for exposure to and/or transmission of SARS- CoV-2, such as vaccinators.
• Transport and janitorial support staff of healthcare facilities.