Vaccine updates: Expanded eligibility this month in Ohio

Ohio is continuing to expand vaccine eligibility, please see latest updates below. It’s important to note that vaccine supply remains limited while eligibility expands. We ask for your patience as we continue to open appointment slots based on state vaccine allocation.

Expansion to Phase 1E and Phase 2C in Ohio

On March 19, vaccine eligibility will expand to additional Ohioans outlined by the Ohio Department of Health (ODH). This includes those age 40 and older, as well as individuals who have medical conditions that may increase their risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19. The conditions include people, under the age of 40, with cancer, chronic kidney disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, heart disease and obesity.

For detailed information on Ohio’s Phase 1E eligibility (expanded medical conditions) or Phase 2C (age), visit the ODH website.

Please ensure you have an active MyChart account so you are able to schedule a vaccine appointment through Cleveland Clinic.

All Ohioans age 16 and up are eligible beginning March 29

On March 29, all Ohioans, age 16 and up are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

  • The Pfizer vaccine is approved for age 16 and up.
  • The Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are approved for age 18 and up.

Notifications of eligibility and appointment availability

Cleveland Clinic patients who have been seen in one of our facilities in the past three years and have an active MyChart account, will see an announcement on their MyChart homepage when there are available vaccine appointments and they meet eligibility reqirements outlined by the State of Ohio.

Ohio residents needing assistance with scheduling, who have not been seen at a Cleveland Clinic facility in the past three years, or those who are not a Cleveland Clinic patient, should call our vaccine hotline at 216.448.4117. Schedulers are available to assist Tuesday – Friday from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Mass vaccination sites in Ohio

The State of Ohio is sponsoring 18 mass vaccination clinics to ensure all Ohioans have access to COVID-19 vaccine as it becomes more widely available.

The Wolstein Center at Cleveland State University opens March 17 and will operate seven days a week and run for eight weeks. Vaccine-eligible Ohioans can sign up at gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov (ensure you use Google Chrome browser). Enter zip code 44115 in the search field.

Three vaccine options

Due to the storage requirements and limited supply of vaccines, we will not be able to offer patients a choice of which vaccine they receive. All three vaccines have been authorized for emergency use by the FDA and have been determined to be safe and effective.

You can review the Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna  and Johnson & Johnson fact sheets for additional information.

Important reminders

Due to the limited supply and overwhelming demand, this complex vaccination program will take several more months. We appreciate that many people are eager to receive the vaccine and ask for patience as we do not yet have the supply to meet demand. Our vaccine allocation is determined by state and federal guidance. 

We want to make sure our community has every opportunity to receive the vaccine. Appointments may also be available at other hospitals, health departments and pharmacies. For more information, visit the ODH website at vaccine.coronavirus.ohio.gov

Eligible caregivers and patients who meet age or medical condition requirements, who wish to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, can learn more on our website.

As a reminder, these are the COVID-19 symptoms. If you experience any of these, contact the COVID-19 hotline at 216.445.8246.