Greene County Public Health Vaccination Update
Ages 65+ eligible next week
Vaccine Remains Limited
Patience is Key
GREENE COUNTY, OH – Vaccine is continuing to come into Greene County, albeit very slowly and not enough, which is frustrating for everyone, including Greene County Public Health officials. Since vaccinations began in January, new age brackets have been added weekly by the state making it difficult to vaccinate everyone who wants the vaccine. Greene County Public Health is continuing to vaccinate those who remain part of Phase 1A, along with those listed in Phase 1B (see below). Next week, individuals ages 65 and older will be eligible.
According to the Governor’s office, this is the breakdown of the phase by date and has been followed by Greene
County Public Health:
1. Week of January 18: Individuals age 80 and older can be vaccinated
2. Week of January 25: Individuals ages 75 and older can be vaccinated, along with individuals with severe congenital and/or developmental disabilities AND who have been diagnosed with early onset medical disorders.
3. Week of February 1: Individuals ages 70 and older can be vaccinated, along with K-12 schoolteachers and staff only for schools which elect to be in person or offer a hybrid model by March 1.
4. Week of February 8: Individuals age 65 and older can be vaccinated.
Greene County Public Health is using an online registration form that anyone in Phase 1B or 1A can fill out at any time. This form not only registers them for the vaccine, but also serves to notify them by phone (and email, if provided) when it is their turn to come to an available clinic to receive the vaccine. The list is currently right around 20,000 people in length and is growing by the hundreds each day. As vaccine is shipped to public health each week, those residents on the list are called in order based on their date of registration and by their eligible age group. The form can be accessed at www.gcph.info and clicking the center blue box that states: Click This Box to go to the COVID-19 Vaccine Sign-Up Page. Once you are on the list, there is no need to re-register at any time or to call and check your status. You will remain on the list until you get the call to come to a scheduled clinic. It could take several weeks or even longer, pending vaccine availability, before you receive a call.
According to Melissa Howell, Health Commissioner for GCPH, “We are focusing on getting our most vulnerable population vaccinated who are most at risk of severe illness should they get COVID-19. We want to remind everyone that vaccine is in very short supply at this time and vaccinating everyone in Phase 1B is going to take a lot of time. Patience is key.”
In addition, due to the high demand for the vaccine, the phones at the health district have been extremely busy and employees are doing their best to answer as many calls as possible to help people register online. Due to the high volume of calls, many end up going to voice mail, which can be a source of frustration for those anxious to learn how and when they can get the vaccine. Health district officials are making every effort to return calls, register those without computers, and answer questions via social media as quickly as possible.
The following locations are listed as enrolled providers:
• Kroger, Xenia
• Kroger, Fairborn
• Kroger, Beavercreek
• Kroger on Wilmington Pike, Bellbrook
• Discount Drug Mart, St. Rt. 725, Bellbrook
• Kettering Health Network Vaccine Clinic, Jamestown
• Walgreens, East Dayton-Yellow Springs Rd., Fairborn
• Walgreens on Wilmington Pike, Bellbrook
Public Health officials will announce any changes to clinic locations or additional information on new phases as
information becomes available through the local news media, our social media platforms including Facebook,
Twitter and Instagram @GreeneCoPH and our website www.gcph.info.
For updates on the vaccination process, visit: www.healthalert.gcph.info/COVID19 or
www.coronavirus.ohio.gov and click on COVID-19 Vaccination Program. For information about the vaccines
currently available, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/different-vaccines.html
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