More Ohio inpatient facing caregivers now eligible for COVID-19 vaccine
Cleveland Clinic has received additional COVID-19 vaccine supply. We are moving along in our phased distribution approach. Caregivers working in any inpatient unit can now schedule their appointment to receive the vaccines.
UPDATE: We have received additional Moderna supply. More appointments are now available. Eligible caregivers can go to MyChart to schedule their vaccinations.
Eligible caregivers are those whose primary work assignment is in a COVID or non-COVID intensive care units (ICU), emergency department, or inpatient units and who have the following roles*:
- Advanced Practice Providers
- Anesthesiologist Assistant*
- Anesthesia Technician*
- Biomedical Engineering*
- Case managers
- Certified RN Anesthetist*
- Clinical technicians
- Critical Care Transporters
- Dialysis technicians
- Dental Hygienist*
- Dental Assistant*
- EEG, EMG, PSG technologist*
- Environmental Services
- Health unit coordinators
- Imaging Technologist*
- Laboratory Technician*
- Laboratory Assistant*
- Medical Assistant*
- Medical Technologist*
- Ophthalmic Photographer*
- Patient care nursing assistants
- Patient Educator*
- Patient Service Specialist*
- Patient Transport
- Phlebotomy Technician*
- Radiation Therapist*
- Research Coordinator*
- Respiratory therapists
- Social workers
- Surgical Assistant*
- Surgical Technician*
- Staff physicians and physicians in training
- Therapists (physical, occupational, speech and language)
*roles with an asterisk are new as of Dec. 28
A MyChart notification is sent to eligible caregivers to schedule appointments for the first and second dose. If you don’t have MyChart, create an account now. Additional appointments are now available in MyChart. Check back frequently if you are not seeing a time and location convenient to you.
Caregivers can elect to receive the vaccine at the following locations:
- Akron General Hospital
- Fairview Hospital (for Fairview Hospital caregivers only due to limited parking)
- Hillcrest Hospital
- Main campus
- Westlake Medical Campus
A special thank you to our team from Occupational Health, Pharmacy, Nursing and others who helped on Christmas Day coordinate and plan with Walgreens to receive additional vaccine supply that we quickly distributed to more than 300 caregivers on Dec. 26th.
The state of Ohio and CDC designated two priority groups to receive the vaccine initially:
- Those living and working in extended or long term care facilities
- Frontline healthcare workers caring for COVID patients
Ohio is the 7th largest state by population but with an aging populace. The state has over 900 private long-term care facilities, and the state government operates many more, including housing for those with developmental disabilities. As part of the agreement, the state of Ohio made with the CDC, Ohio needed to vaccinate 50% of the workers and residents in long-term care facilities with the initial Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine supply. Walgreens and CVS are responsible for vaccinations in the long-term care facilities and received over 88,000 doses. The ten pre-positioned hospitals in Ohio, regardless of size or number of employees, each received 975 doses or one box (sometimes referred to as a “pizza box”) of the vaccine.
Hospitals in states with younger populations, such as California, Texas and Georgia, received more of the vaccine initially because as a percentage of the population they have fewer people living in extended care facilities. In Ohio hospitals that are smaller and have less employees, will be able to extend the vaccine to a wider array of employees than we are given the number of caregivers we have in Ohio.
Our guiding principles are to distribute this vaccine safely, equitably and transparently, with an understanding that the greatest need is to maintain patient care during our current surge. These vaccines will be distributed in a fair and phased approach that will reach every caregiver eventually. We ask for your patience as this is complex vaccination program dependent on the supply received.
- Continue practicing public health measures such as masking, social distancing, frequent hand washing and avoiding gatherings even after being vaccinated.
- Know the COVID-19 symptoms. If you experience any of these, do not report to work and contact the COVID-19 hotline at 216.445.8246.
- Review vaccine information on the COVID-19 Toolkit to learn about the process to obtain the vaccine and read frequently asked questions.
- Browse the frequently asked questions.