Phase 1B COVID-19 vaccine distribution to begin in Sandusky Co.

Press Staff Writer

        In conjunction with Ohio’s statewide efforts to distribute COVID-19 vaccines to Ohioans in Phase 1B starting the week of Jan. 19, Sandusky County Public Health and Sandusky County EMA are partnering to lead the vaccination efforts.
        “Sandusky County continues to work with our local healthcare providers to ensure that the COVID-19 vaccine gets out to our Tier 1B residents,” said Jamie Belcher, Sandusky County Public Health public information officer.
        Vaccinations in Phase 1B are expected to begin the week of Jan. 19. Gov. Mike DeWine announced a tiered system for offering vaccinations to the estimated 2.2 million people who are eligible for the vaccine under this phase, beginning with those who are 80 or older:
        • Week of Jan. 19: Ohioans 80 years of age and older.
        • Week of Jan. 25: Ohioans 75 years of age and older; those with severe congenital or developmental disorders.
        • Week of Feb. 1: Ohioans 70 years of age and older; employees of K-12 schools that wish to remain or return to in-person or hybrid models.
        • Week of Feb. 8: Ohioans 65 years of age and older.
        The COVID-19 Vaccine will be offered by the following healthcare providers:
        Sandusky County Public Health Dept., 2000 Countryside Dr., Fremont.
        Bellevue Hospital, 1400 W. Main St., Bellevue.
        ProMedica Memorial Hospital, 715 S. Taft Ave., Fremont.
        Pre-registration is required to get the vaccine. To pre-register for the vaccine at any of the above locations, visit, or
        Those who do not have access to or feel comfortable pre-registering online, may contact United Way First Call for Help at 419-334-2720 or GLCAP Senior Center 419-334-8181 for assistance with the pre-registration process.
        Walk-in appointments are currently not available.
        The following retail pharmacies will also be offering the COVID-19 vaccine to the community.
        Discount Drug Mart, 1062 W. McPherson Highway, Clyde. Call 419-547-4000.
        Kroger Pharmacy, 1700 Cedar St., Fremont. Call 419-332-9187.
        Customers are encouraged to visit or to call the COVID-19 vaccine helpline at 866-211-5320 for the latest information on vaccine availability in their area. 
        With vaccines arriving next week, the helpline will be active starting Saturday, Jan. 16.
        Kroger Pharmacy will only be providing vaccines to the current phase/included populations, seniors 80+.  All COVID-19 vaccines will require an appointment via or 866-211-5320 once vaccines are available.
        Sandusky County vaccine providers will either have the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine. All vaccination distribution is subject to availability of doses provided by the State of Ohio.
        “Sandusky County is only receiving 700 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine at this time among all five vaccine providers,” said Health Commissioner Bethany Brown. “Please be patient; wait times may be lengthy before an appointment can be scheduled due to the limited amount of vaccine being received from the state.
        “While we know that many people in our community are eager to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, we must be patient while demand for the vaccine remains higher than the available supply,” she said. “As vaccine supply increases, we will be able to vaccinate more of those in Phase 1B, and eventually, all Ohioans who choose to be vaccinated will be able to receive COVID-19 vaccines.”
        For future information on additional vaccine tiers or clinics, follow Sandusky County Public Health’s website at or the agency’s Facebook page.


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