Mar 18, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs


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. Beginning March 29, all Ohioans age 16 or older are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccination, if you choose to receive one.

You can find Ohio’s plans and criteria for each vaccine phase, 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, Hamilton County Developmental Disabilities Services (HCDDS) is administering a limited number of vaccines to people we support and their caregivers who are eligible under the state’s guidelines. We will reach out to those who are eligible for vaccinations at our clinic.

If 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. You can also check your eligibility, find local vaccine clinics, and schedule your appointment through the Ohio Department of Health's gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov.

Although the supply of vaccines is increasing and eligibility is expanding, there continues to be more people eligible to receive the vaccine than the number of available doses. It will still take time for everyone who is eligible to schedule and receive their vaccinations. In the meantime, we all need to continue to do our part to reduce the risk of COVID-19 to others by wearing our masks, maintaining social distance, and practicing good hygiene.

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

In partnership with Hamilton County Public Health, and under the state’s direction, we are administering a limited number of vaccines to people we support and their caregivers who are eligible under the state’s guidelines. We will reach out to those who are eligible for vaccinations at our clinic.

If you have an intellectual or developmental disability, but do not currently receive services from HCDDS, please contact our Introduction & Eligibility team at 513-559-6990 or intro@hamiltondds.org

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 for a vaccine in Ohio, visit testandprotectcincy.com to learn more, register, and schedule your vaccination. You can also check your eligibility, find local vaccine clinics, and schedule your appointment through the Ohio Department of Health's gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov.

If you have difficulty scheduling an appointment online, call 211 for assistance from the United Way of Greater Cincinnati.

Although the supply of vaccines is increasing and eligibility is expanding, there continues to be more people eligible to receive the vaccine than the number of available doses. It will still take time for everyone who is eligible to schedule and receive their vaccinations. In the meantime, we all need to continue to do our part to reduce the risk of COVID-19 to others by wearing our masks, maintaining social distance, and practicing good hygiene.

Should I try to get a vaccine somewhere else?

Beginning March 29, all Ohioans age 16 or older are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccination, if you choose to receive one.

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, contact your local health department, health care provider, or visit the Test and Protect Cincinnati website. You can also check your eligibility, find local vaccine clinics, and schedule your appointment through the Ohio Department of Health's gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov.
  • If you live or work in Hamilton County but not within Cincinnati, Norwood, or Springdale city limits, you can learn more on their website here.
  • If you live or work 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.

Is the COVID-19 vaccine free? Do I need insurance?

The COVID-19 vaccine is free and you will not be charged or asked for insurance information at the HCDDS clinic. Other clinics may ask for your insurance card, so if you're getting your vaccine from another clinic make sure you confirm what information they need in advance of your appointment. 

What are acceptable forms of identification when I go to get my vaccine?

According to the Ohio Department of Health, once you are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in Ohio and are preparing for your vaccine appointment or clinic, make sure you bring an acceptable form of identification with you. The vaccine provider will need identification to verify your identity, name, and age. You do not need to show proof of citizenship or residency status. Your identification will still be accepted if it is expired or from another state or country. See more answers from the Ohio Department of Health's FAQs here.

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 March 2020, 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 for 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?

As more Ohioans are eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations, older adults and people with disabilities may 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.  

If you receive services or supports from HCDDS and need help getting to your vaccination appointment, reach out to your SSA.

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

The Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines currently available require two doses for maximum effectiveness. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine requires one dose.

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 or health department, please reach out to that provider if you are unsure when you need to return for your second shot.

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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