Health Dept. offers update on Phase 1B vaccine distribution

Press Staff Writer

        In order to assist in the vaccine distribution process, the Ottawa County Health Department has created a pre-registration form to collect information from residents who would be interested in receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.
        This information will be used to help local partners plan for vaccine distribution as it becomes available in each phase.
        Once Ottawa County begins each vaccination phase, the county health department will notify individuals qualifying for that phase via the phone number and/or email address provided. Those registering are urged to double check their contact information to ensure that the health department can reach them when vaccines become available.
        The form can be found at
        Individuals who have a disability, no access to technology or are experiencing technical issues in completing the form, can contact the United Way 2-1-1 line for assistance.
        Each individual being vaccinated needs to complete a separate form, as some individuals within
a family may be eligible for vaccination at different times.
        Next Anticipated Phase: 1B, includes:
        • Ohioans, age 65 and older;
        • Younger people with severe congenital, developmental or early-onset medical disorders that make them particularly vulnerable, such as cerebral palsy; spina bifida; congenital heart disease; type 1 diabetes; inherited metabolic disorders; severe neurologic disorders including epilepsy; severe genetic disorders including Down Syndrome, Fragile X, Prader Willi Syndrome and Turner Syndrome; severe lung disease including cystic fibrosis and severe asthma; sickle cell anemia; and alpha- and beta-thalassemia. 
        • Adults/employees who work in schools (K-12).
        On Jan. 7, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced the following schedule for Phase 1B vaccine distribution:
        • Week of Jan. 18 – Ohioans 80+ years of age.
        • Week of Jan. 25 – Ohioans 75+ years of age and individuals with severe congenital, development, or early onset medical disorders.
        • Week of Feb. 1 – Ohioans 70+ years of age and adults/employees who work in schools (K-12).
        • Week of Feb 8 – Ohioans 65+ years of age.
        All vaccine distribution is subject to availability of doses distributed to the Ottawa County Health Department.


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