LIMA — Ohioans who are 80 years or older can start scheduling COVID-19 vaccine appointments, set to begin next week.
An online tool will be introduced next week, said Gov. Mike DeWine. It will allow people to look up locations where the vaccine is available by county and ZIP code. Visit coronavirus.oh.gov next week for information. People will not be able to register online; the tool makes details available for people to make decisions on where to call to make an appointment.
Here’s who to contact in the area to make an appointment:
• Allen County Public Health started taking appointments at noon Thursday for its first round of 1B vaccine clinics, which will be held by appointment only due to limited vaccine availability. Call 419-228-4636 to schedule an appointment. Do not call the health department’s main line for an appointment.
• Lima Memorial Health System will begin scheduling appointments at 9 a.m. Friday for its vaccine clinics. Call 419-998-4491.
• Mercy Health-St. Rita’s Medical Center is also scheduling vaccine appointments. Call 419-996-5000 or contact your Mercy Health primary care provider to reserve an appointment.
• Auglaize County Health Department will be holding vaccine clinics but is already booked through Jan. 29. Residents who qualify for 1B should call another provider to schedule an appointment before that time.
• Mercy Health-St. Rita’s is also participating in initial 1B vaccinations in Auglaize County. Call 419-996-5000 or your provider to schedule an appointment.
• Call the Putnam County Health Department at 419-538-7001 to be added to the county’s 1B waiting list. The hotline is staffed from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on weekdays but will be down on Monday, Jan. 18. Medical reserve corps members and Putnam County EMA staff are calling residents on the waiting list to schedule appointments.
• Mercy Health-St. Rita’s will also hold a vaccine clinic at the Putnam County Medical Center next week. Call 419-996-5000 or your Mercy Health provider to schedule an appointment.