Phase 1B of Ohio's COVID-19 vaccination plan got underway Jan. 19.

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center launched its mass vaccination site at the Schottenstein Center in Columbus, and 100-year-old Helen Formet received the first vaccine around 7 a.m.

Ohioans 80 years or older who have not been inoculated either through work or congregant care living are now able to get the vaccine. The state is expecting to receive 100,000 vaccines for this group that numbers 420,000 people.

In total, Phase 1B includes about 2.2 million people – individuals who are 65 years old and older, K-12 teachers and school staff, and those with severe, congenital developmental or early-onset medical disorders.

Ohio anticipates vaccinations will open up to those 75 years old and older on Jan. 25; Feb. 1 for those 70 and older; and Feb. 8 for those 65 and older. Also the week of Jan. 25, vaccinations will be available to those with severe congenital, developmental, or early-onset medical disorders.

About 750 providers located across the state are able to give the vaccine. Ohioans can visit vaccine.coronavirus.ohio.gov to search for providers vaccinating in the current phase by county and ZIP code.

Phase 1A of Ohio's COVID-19 vaccination plan includes health care providers and personnel routinely involved with the care of COVID-19 patients, EMS responders, residents and staff at nursing facilities, residents and staff of Ohio’s veterans homes, patients and staff at psychiatric hospitals, people with intellectual disabilities and those who live with mental illness who live in group homes and their staff.

About 1 million people are included in Phase 1A, and vaccinations for that group will continue during Phase 1B.

A total of 444,524 Ohioans have received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine as of Jan. 18.

If you have questions regarding COVID-19, call 833-4ASKODH (833-427-5634) or visit coronavirus.ohio.gov.

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