Jan 28, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs

An older man wearing a black shirt and a face mask receives the COVID-19 vaccine. The image has an FAQ bubble on the bottom right.

Who is eligible?

Eligibility and priority status for the COVID-19 vaccine in Ohio are determined by Gov. Mike DeWine and the Ohio Department of Health. You can find Ohio’s plans and criteria for early vaccine phases, including occupations, age groups, and qualifying medical conditions, on the Ohio Department of Health website.

In partnership with Hamilton County Public Health, and under the state’s direction, we are administering a limited number of vaccines to vulnerable populations in Ohio’s Phase 1B, which includes a dual medical diagnosis AND an intellectual or developmental disability. The remainder of our limited vaccine supply will be administered to those eligible under Phase 1A.

We will reach out to those who are eligible for vaccinations at our clinic. If you fit the above two criteria, but do not currently receive services from HCDDS, please contact our Introduction & Eligibility team at 513-559-6990 or intro@hamiltondds.org. We have streamlined our process for people with qualifying medical conditions and intellectual/developmental disabilities who only want the vaccine and do not need or want services from HCDDS.

If you believe you are eligible for the vaccine but do not have an intellectual or developmental disability, contact your local health department, health care provider, or visit the Test and Protect Cincinnati website.

Please be patient during these early phases of distribution, as vaccine supply is limited and more people are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine than the number of available doses.

How do I get on the HCDDS list for the vaccine?

In partnership with Hamilton County Public Health, we are administering a limited number of vaccines. Of the vaccines HCDDS receives, most will be allocated to be given ONLY to people served by HCDDS who are eligible under Phase 1B because of a dual medical diagnosis and a developmental or intellectual disability. The remainder of our limited vaccine supply will be administered to those eligible under Phase 1A. We will be reaching out directly to schedule a visit for those who are eligible to be vaccinated at our clinic.

The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD) created a list of people HCDDS serves who qualify under Phase 1B, and our staff will be reaching out directly to people on that list to schedule their appointments. If you have questions about your specific situation, please contact your Service and Support Administrator. You can find out more about the Ohio Department of Health's criteria for Phase 1B here

If you are currently eligible under one of Ohio’s priority vaccine phases, visit testandprotectcincy.com to learn more, register, and schedule your vaccination.

I was told to call Hamilton County Developmental Disabilities Services for a vaccine.

We’re aware that some people are being told by pharmacies, doctors, or other healthcare providers to contact us for a vaccine.

In partnership with Hamilton County Public Health, we are administering a limited number of vaccines. Of the vaccines HCDDS receives, most will be allocated to be given ONLY to people served by HCDDS who are eligible under Phase 1B because of a dual medical diagnosis AND a developmental or intellectual disability. The remainder of our limited vaccine supply will be administered to those eligible under Phase 1A. We will be reaching out directly to schedule a visit for those who will be vaccinated at our clinic.

If you are in our system as someone with a developmental disability, we are aware of you and have the means to contact you. As vaccines become available, we will be in contact with anyone who qualifies.

If you have a qualifying medical condition AND an intellectual or developmental disability, Please contact our Introduction & Eligibility team at 513-559-6990 or intro@hamiltondds.org.  We have streamlined our process for people who meet both of the above criteria and who only want the vaccine and do not need or want services from HCDDS.

If you are currently eligible under one of Ohio’s priority vaccine phases, visit testandprotectcincy.com to learn more, register, and schedule your vaccination.

I do not have a developmental disability, but I believe I qualify for Phase 1A or Phase 1B 

Eligibility and priority status for the COVID-19 vaccine in Ohio are determined by Gov. Mike DeWine and the Ohio Department of Health. You can find Ohio’s criteria for early vaccine phases, including occupations, age groups, and qualifying medical conditions, on the Ohio Department of Health website.

Information is still forthcoming from the Ohio Department of Health regarding those who have a qualifying congenital, early-onset, or inherited condition (without a developmental or intellectual disability) who will begin being vaccinated on Feb. 15

Local health departments are leading vaccination efforts. To register for the vaccine if you are eligible or will become eligible during Phase 1A or 1B, contact your local health department, health care provider, or visit the Test and Protect Cincinnati website. On the Test and Protect site, you can sign up to receive information when additional groups become eligible for the vaccine.

We registered for the vaccine through our local public health department. Now what happens?

That’s great! Local health departments are currently collecting information from those who plan to get the vaccine. These registrations are not for appointments, but they will allow your local health department to contact you when vaccines are available.

If you are currently eligible under one of Ohio’s priority vaccine phases, visit testandprotectcincy.com to learn more, register, and schedule your vaccination.

You can click here to find out more about the Ohio Department of Health's phased vaccination approach, including who is eligible under the current phases.

If you haven’t yet registered with your local health department, you can find more information below.

  • If you live in Hamilton County but not within Cincinnati, Norwood, or Springdale city limits, you can fill out Hamilton County Public Health's vaccine registration form here to be notified when the vaccine is available.
  • If you live in the city of Cincinnati, you can fill out the Cincinnati Health Department's vaccine registration form here to be notified when the vaccine is available.
  • If you live in Norwood, you can contact the Norwood Health Department directly at (513) 458-4600.
  • If you live in Springdale, you can contact the Springdale Health Department directly at (513) 346-5725.
  • Please be patient during these early phases of distribution, as vaccine supply is limited and more people are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine than the number of available doses.

Should I try to get a vaccine somewhere else?

If you have access to a vaccine from another source, such as your healthcare provider, employer, pharmacy or local health department, you are encouraged to take advantage of that opportunity. You do not need to wait to hear from HCDDS.

To register for the vaccine if you are eligible or will become eligible during Phase 1A or 1B, contact your local health department, health care provider, or visit the Test and Protect Cincinnati website. On the Test and Protect site, you can sign up to receive information when additional groups become eligible for the vaccine.

Please be patient during these early phases of distribution, as vaccine supply is limited and more people are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine than the number of available doses.

Someone called me to schedule my vaccine appointment and asked for my social security number, credit card number or other personal information. What should I do?

The Ohio Attorney General has warned of COVID-19 scams since last March, and states that no one from a vaccine distribution site or health care payer, like a private insurance company, will call you asking for your Social Security number or your credit card or bank account information to sign you up to get the vaccine.

You should verify any vaccine-related information with legitimate news reports, and you may wish to consider contacting your family doctor, your local health department or the statewide Ohio Department of Health’s COVID-19 call center (1-833-427-5634) to check on issues you are unsure about.

Find more tips to protect yourself from vaccine-related scams on the Ohio Attorney General’s website

My parent, neighbor, or other elderly relative is eligible for the vaccine but does not have transportation. How can they get their vaccination?

Ohio begins offering COVID-19 vaccinations to older adults, many individuals will need assistance getting to and from vaccination sites. Council on Aging (COA) and home52 Transportation can help.

Using COA's network of transportation providers, home52 Transportation can coordinate and provide appropriate transportation to adults age 60 or older who are unable to get to a vaccination site. Click here for more information and to schedule a ride to your appointment.  

I received the first dose of the vaccine. When will I receive the second dose?

The COVID-19 vaccines currently available require two doses for maximum effectiveness.

If you received a COVID-19 vaccine from the Hamilton County DD Services’ clinic, you will need to return in four weeks for a second shot. Your service & support administrator (SSA) and clinic volunteers should have discussed the date for the second vaccination. You can also find this information on the vaccination record card you received when you came to get your first shot. Please contact your SSA with questions.

If you received your vaccination from another provider, please reach out to that provider if you are unsure when you need to return for your second shot.

I am concerned that a vulnerable group is not on the priority list. How do I advocate for this group?

Eligibility and priority status for the COVID-19 vaccine in Ohio are determined by Gov. Mike DeWine and the Ohio Department of Health.

Hamilton County Developmental Disabilities Services does not set guidelines for who can receive a vaccine and when they are eligible.

You can share your concerns with the Ohio Department of Health at 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634) or with the governor’s administration at this link.

Resources

You can find more information and answers to many questions you might have from the Ohio Department of Health at coronavirus.ohio.gov, as well as several resources below.

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