COVID-19 vaccination updates


 Vaccination Updates, Equity Update, Nursing/Assisted Living Facilities, Long-term Care Revaccinations,
Medical Reserve Corps & Current Case Data

February 5, 2021


Pandemic Vaccine News & Updates 

Click here to view the Ohio Department of Health's vaccine preparedness office weekly update, a guidance document that shares current vaccine information and important resources with Ohio providers. 

Vaccine Update

Ohio is among the top five states for delivering COVID-19 vaccine doses to long-term care facility residents. As a result of this aggressive effort to vaccinate those in long-term care, Ohio is beginning to see a drop in cases.


Pfizer has notified Ohio that they believe they will increase their shipment of vaccine by 40 percent around mid-to-late February. Shipments could additionally increase even more by the end of March. Pfizer is currently

shipping approximately 73,000 doses to Ohio per week.


Moderna doses have increased from 73,200 two weeks ago to 105,600 doses that are expected next week. 


Ohio was one of the first states to draw unused doses from the long-term care program, and those 77,000 extra doses are being delivered this week to select CVS and Walgreens pharmacies.

Vaccinations for Individuals with Severe Congenital, Developmental, or Early-Onset Medical Disorders

Ohio has entered Phase 1B of its COVID-19 vaccination strategy, which includes people with severe congenital, developmental, or early-onset medical disorders. Click here to view important instructions from the Ohio Department of Health regarding this population.

Equity Update

Governor DeWine outlined steps that Ohio has taken and will take to address inequities in health care as they relate to vaccine accessibility. 


Geography: Instead of offering the "mega vaccination sites" being seen in other states, Ohio's vaccination plan focuses on ensuring that there are multiple vaccine providers in every county in the state. This week, more than 700 providers across Ohio received the vaccine to help ensure that Ohioans have access to vaccine close to home.  

Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs): These health centers serve highly vulnerable neighborhoods. Ohio's vaccination plan offers vaccines at these facilities for equitable distribution. More than 60 of these centers received vaccine this week.   


Pop-up Vaccine Sites: Ohio is working with FQHCs, faith-based communities, and local health departments to pilot pop-up vaccination sites in at-risk communities. Two sites were hosted at an FQHC in Columbus last week and another pop-up vaccination site was scheduled this week in Cleveland.


Transportation: The Ohio Department of Health is working with the Ohio Department of Medicaid to provide transportation options for those who want to receive the vaccine but face transportation barriers.


Local Health Departments: Many local health departments are prioritizing underserved populations by partnering with organizations that work to serve African American, Hispanic and Latino, and other underserved populations to provide education and offer opportunities for vaccination when the vaccine becomes available.


Education and Communication Strategies: In addition to newspaper, television, and radio advertisements focused on reaching underserved populations, Ohio will also launch a series of virtual town hall meetings to gain a better understanding of the barriers to vaccination and develop solutions. The events will be coordinated in partnership with Ohio's Minority Health Vaccine Advisory Group, whose mission is to help advise the Ohio Department of Health on how to best deliver the vaccine to underserved populations and better ensure equity. The townhalls will be live-streamed during the week of February 22. To learn how to participate in these events, visit


Affordable Housing Vaccination Clinics: Next week, the Ohio Department of Aging, in partnership with key state and local organizations, will off­er on-site vaccination clinics at affordable senior housing communities as part of its Regional Rapid Response Program. On-site clinics will be coordinated with support from the Ohio National Guard. 

Nursing/Assisted Living Facilities

Of Ohio's 920 skilled nursing facilities, Ohio has administered first doses of vaccine in 100 percent of these facilities. The second dose has been given in 89 percent of facilities.  


Of Ohio's 645 assisted living facilities, Ohio has administered first doses in 86 percent of these facilities, and second doses have been administered in 48 percent of facilities.


Plans are in place to continue vaccinating in these facilities as new residents move in.

Long-term Care Revaccinations

This week, Walgreens Pharmacy alerted the Ohio Department of Health that vaccines that had not been stored under the proper cold storage conditions were administered Monday to some residents in five long-term care facilities. Following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, residents who received these vaccines will be revaccinated. 

The impacted facilities are: 

  • Ashtabula County Residential Services Corp "The Maples" in Kingsville
  • Ashtabula Towers in Ashtabula
  • Heather Hill Care Communities in Chardon
  • Six Chimneys in Cleveland
  • Willow Park Convalescent Home in Cleveland

Medical Reserve Corps Volunteer Registry

The Ohio Department of Health is seeking licensed health care professionals to enroll in the Medical Reserve Corps and help administer the COVID-19 vaccine in Ohio communities. Click here to learn how you can enroll today.

Current Case Data

In total, there are 910,847 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 reported in Ohio and 11,509 confirmed and probable COVID-19 deaths. A total of 47,110 people have been hospitalized throughout the pandemic, including 6,800 admissions to intensive care units. In-depth data can be accessed by visiting


Video of the most recent updates, including versions with foreign language translation, can be viewed on the Ohio Channel's YouTube page


For more information on Ohio's response to COVID-19, visit or call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH.

The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) is leading Ohio’s pandemic response. If you have questions or concerns about their programs, please use the links below. SMBO will continue to share information from ODH as it is received. 

Ohio Responds Volunteer Registry FAQs

Ohio Responds Registry username or password assistance

Contact an Ohio Responds program administrator

Send provider questions about the Ohio Responds program to

Find COVID-19 vaccine provider locations

COVID-19 Vaccination Program Provider FAQs

Vaccination program information

Communications toolkit (talking points, language tips, social media language and trusted resources)

Pandemic Vaccine Provider Resource Page (vaccine training, storage, handling and reporting and other COVID-19 vaccine specific information)

COVID-19 Vaccination Program Provider Agreement FAQs for Health Providers

Vaccine protocols

Trusted Resources 

Provider Wellness Resources

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