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Vaccine Seekers Have Tough Time Scheduling Appointments Through Ohio's Website

Crown Pointe Care Center resident Rebecca Meeker, left, receives a COVID-19 vaccine from Dr. Kate Latta, PharmD, Friday, Dec. 18, 2020, in Columbus, Ohio. Meeker was the first long-term care patient in Ohio to receive a vaccine.
Jay LaPrete
Associated Press

If you are over 75 years old and qualify for a COVID-19 vaccine in Ohio, you can go to the state’s coronavirus website and find places where they are being offered. But many Ohioans still find it difficult to get a shot scheduled.

Many vaccine-qualified Ohioans have to spend hours, sometimes days, trying to access different shot providers to get one scheduled. Gov. Mike DeWine says the state is working on a scheduling feature for the website.

“People can go online and then put in their zip code or put in their county. It will come up with places where you can sign up and then it will take you directly into those locations," DeWine says.

DeWine says when more vaccine becomes available, many more places will be offering it. He also says the state will be doing educational outreach to different populations that might be harder to reach.

As of February 1, over 853,000 residents have been vaccinated for COVID-19, or 7.31% of the state's population.

Jo Ingles is a professional journalist who covers politics and Ohio government for the Ohio Public Radio and Television for the Ohio Public Radio and Television Statehouse News Bureau. She reports on issues of importance to Ohioans including education, legislation, politics, and life and death issues such as capital punishment.