Apr 21, 2021

Vaccine Clinic Update

A young man with a disability sits next to a nurse who administered his COVID-19 vaccine. Both are smiling and wearing face coverings.
Two caregivers for a person with a developmental disability receive the COVID-19 vaccine. They are seated at tables with nurses next to them.
Since January, Hamilton County DD Services has operated a COVID-19 vaccine clinic, in partnership with Hamilton County Public Health, for people with developmental disabilities, direct support professionals, caregivers, and our employees. 

So far, we've administered nearly 2,200 first doses and fully vaccinated more than 1,900 people at our Kingsley clinic. HCDDS also worked closely with Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, whose team vaccinated several hundred Hamilton County residents served by our agency.

Last week, we operated our final clinic for administering first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. We anticipate completing all second doses over the next several weeks for those who received their first dose at our clinic. 

This has been a significant effort, one that was successfully planned, organized, and operated by our staff. We're thankful for their dedication and commitment, as well as the additional help from nurses who work at several provider agencies in Hamilton County.

For many of the people we serve and their caregivers, our clinic provides an easy, familiar location. "My experience at the clinic, for myself and my daughter, for both shots, has been the same each time. It's comfortable and efficient," said Roger Black, pictured in the orange shirt.

Others, like Karen Kettler, whose brother has a developmental disability and lives with her and her husband, was thrilled to have the opportunity to receive her vaccination at our clinic. "When HCDDS offered, we jumped on the chance to get the vaccine."

The Clevelands came to our clinic as a family to encourage their son Max, pictured above, to get his vaccine. And Jackie Covert, who receives services from HCDDS, said she got her COVID-19 vaccine because "I want to be on the safe side."

Last month, Gov. Mike DeWine expanded vaccine eligibility to all Ohioans age 16 and older. At this time, vaccine clinics are readily available throughout Hamilton County and our region. If you would like to schedule a vaccine appointment through authorized local vaccine providers, visit Test and Protect Cincy or the Ohio Department of Health's Get The Shot website

Throughout our clinic operations, HCDDS has been committed to a no-waste policy and maintained a vaccine standby list. We have listed other vaccine providers here, but if you would like to be placed on the standby list if we have extra doses following our remaining clinics, email vaccine@hamiltondds.org. Clinics occur on Wednesdays and we would know if standby doses are available between 11 a.m. and noon. 

If contacted by our clinic staff, you must be able to come to our Kingsley location in Madisonville within 30 minutes. If you receive a standby dose, we would assist you in getting connected to another vaccine clinic in the community for your second dose.

We are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, but 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 transmitting COVID-19 to others by wearing our masks, maintaining social distance, and practicing good hygiene.
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