COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution for Phase 1b
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution for Phase 1B populations to begin in Clark County on Jan. 19
SPRINGFIELD, OH (JAN. 14, 2020) ─ In conjunction with Ohio’s statewide efforts to distribute COVID-19 vaccines to Ohioans in Phase 1B starting the week of Jan. 19, the Clark County Combined Health District and the Clark County Emergency Management Agency are partnering to lead the vaccination efforts. The combined knowledge and decades of training will allow these agencies to continue to serve our local community as we work to vaccinate Ohioans in our community.
Earlier this week, we learned that seven providers in our county will be distributing the COVID-19 vaccine; however, vaccine supply will be limited.
Beginning Tuesday, Clark County residents ages 80 and over can be vaccinated by the following entities, by appointment only:
Clark County Combined Health District and Mercy Health are partnering to administer vaccines at one location at the Upper Valley Mall, by appointment only. Residents are encouraged to sign up for alerts from the health department at www.ccchd.com or call 937-717-2439. For your convenience and efficiency, please consider using the website. Call-in scheduling should be reserved for individuals without access to a computer. The website and phone line will be open for scheduling, beginning Friday, Jan. 15th. Valid identification and insurance information will be collected. No one will be turned away due to insurance status.
Rocking Horse Community Health Center, located at 651 S. Limestone St. in Springfield will be offering the vaccine by appointment only during varied hours. Rocking Horse patients will take priority. Valid identification and insurance information will be collected. No one will be turned away due to insurance status. To schedule your vaccine appointment, call 937-525-4521.
The New Carlisle Community Health Center located at 106 N. Main St. in New Carlisle is setting up dedicated phone lines for scheduling. Those phone lines will be available soon. Please watch their social media accounts for updates on those numbers.
- Springfield-area Kroger pharmacy locations — 2728 East Main Street, 965 North Bechtle Avenue, and 2989 Derr Road — will also be offering the vaccine. Kroger customers are encouraged to visit www.kroger.com/ohiocovidvaccine or to call our COVID-19 vaccine helpline at 866-211-5320 for the latest information on vaccine availability in our area and to schedule. The helpline will be active starting Saturday, Jan. 16 and next week the pharmacies will only be providing vaccines to the current seniors 80+.
Vaccinations in Phase 1B are expected to begin the week of Jan. 19. Governor Mike DeWine announced a tiered system for offering vaccinations to the estimated 2.2 million people who are eligible for the vaccine under this phase, beginning with those who are 80 or older. When a new age group begins, vaccinations may not be complete for the previous age group. It will take a number of weeks to distribute all of the vaccine given the limited doses available.
Vaccines are in short supply in Ohio and across the country. Clark County allocations are expected to be 1,800 as we begin vaccinating these Phase 1B populations in our area. There are 5,600 Clark County residents ages 80 and up.
While we know that many people in our community are eager to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, we must be patient while demand for the vaccine remains higher than the available supply.
“We are working very hard to make sure everyone who wants a vaccine in Clark County will be able to get a vaccine,” said Clark County Health Commissioner Charles Patterson. “Please be patient as we begin this massive endeavor.”
Residents are encouraged to visit CCCHD.com or the Clark County Combined Health District’s Facebook Page for weekly updates regarding vaccine locations and registration information. In addition, a statewide vaccine provider search is available at coronavirus.ohio.gov/vaccine.
“We must continue using all the tools available to help prevent the spread of the virus until a substantial number of Ohioans can be vaccinated,” said Clark County EMA Director Michelle Clements-Pitstick. “Continuing to wear masks and social distancing will reduce your chance of being exposed to or spreading the virus. Proper prevention measures, coupled with the vaccine, will provide the best protection from COVID-19.”
MEDIA CONTACT: Kyle Trout, Clark County Combined Health District | (740) 409-1747
MEDIA CONTACT: Michael Cooper, Clark County | (937) 521-2031