Dec 11, 2020

COVID-19 Vaccine

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Ohio is preparing to distribute safe, effective COVID-19 vaccines statewide to those who choose to be vaccinated. As we learn more about vaccine distribution, we’re actively working with state and local officials as well as the local health department to determine when people we support can expect to be eligible for vaccination. This information continues to evolve, but we will share details and timelines as we receive more information from the appropriate entities.

Initially, there will be a limited number of vaccines available. Ohio is committed to making the vaccine widely available for those who want to receive it as quickly as possible as shipments arrive. In conjunction with the recommendations of medical experts, Ohio has identified who will be among the first to receive vaccines in Phase 1A, should they choose to be vaccinated:

  • Healthcare providers and personnel who are routinely involved with the care of COVID-19 patients.
  • Residents and staff at nursing facilities.
  • Residents and staff at assisted living facilities.
  • Patients and staff at psychiatric hospitals.
  • People with intellectual disabilities and those with mental illness who in group homes or centers and staff at those locations
  • Residents and staff of Ohio’s veterans' homes.
  • EMS responders


The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD) has stated that phase 1A would include any residential setting that includes two or more adults sharing a physical address. We’re currently working with DODD to make sure they have the proper data on people with DD in Hamilton County who fit this criterion.

We’ll continue to provide updates as we learn more about Ohio’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan. You can find more updates about our COVID-19 response here.

Learn more about the vaccine from the Ohio Department of Health. Additionally, the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities has a number of COVID-19 resources for families, providers and more. The Self-Advocacy Resource and Technical Assistance Center also has a guide to the COVID-19 vaccine in plain language with simple graphics. 

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