April 9, 2021 Update: Next week's vaccine schedule is currently OPEN for Ohioans ages 16+. Please note that minors will need to be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian who can sign the vaccine consent form and be available in the event of side effects (although extremely rare). Minors will receive the Pfizer vaccine; if for some reason we don't receive the Pfizer vaccine on the day minors are scheduled, we'll contact them to reschedule their appointment.
COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Overview
We're proud to now be offering the COVID-19 vaccine, helping our community end the pandemic. Here, you can learn more about eligibility requirements, how to schedule your appointment and more.
Who is eligible for the vaccine and when?
How and when COVID-19 vaccines are delivered is driven by the state. Ohio has released eligibility requirements for Phases 1B - 2D, which includes Ohioans ages 16+.
You must also meet the following criteria before being vaccinated:
Are not currently experiencing cold symptoms or a fever (100 degrees or higher)
Are not currently under isolation for active COVID-19
Are not currently under quarantine for COVID-19 exposure
Have not received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine already
Have not received any non-COVID-19 vaccine within the previous 14 days
Have not received intravenous antibody infusion as treatment for COVID-19 within the past 90 days
Lastly, if you suffer from severe allergic reactions that require you to carry an EpiPen, or if you've had an allergic reaction to other vaccines or injectable medications, speak with your provider prior to receiving the vaccine (allergic reactions have been reported with the mRNA vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna – this may be the result of an ingredient that is also found in some medications including those used to treat cancer).
Where can I get the vaccine?
Vaccines are currently being offered at The Christ Hospital Joint & Spine Center and The Christ Hospital Apothecary (the pharmacy located in Joseph Beth Booksellers) on our main campus in Mt. Auburn. Parking and directions will be provided at the time you schedule your appointment. In the future, we will offer appointments at our primary care offices as well (but dates and locations have yet to be determined).
How do I schedule my appointment?
Phone lines and online schedules typically open Friday mornings and
close by mid-day for the following week. (Please note, we are not able to create wait-lists at this time.) You can also visit The Health Collaborative's website for a listing of other vaccine distribution locations in our area.
Can a minor attend their vaccine appointments alone?
The Pfizer vaccine is available for everyone ages 16+. Minors will need to be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian who can sign the vaccine consent form and be available in the event of side effects (although extremely rare). If for some reason we don't receive the Pfizer vaccine on the day that you're scheduled, we'll contact you to reschedule your appointment.
What can I expect before, during and after my appointment?
Parking and wayfinding information will be provided to you when you schedule your appointment.
- Please wear a short-sleeved shirt under layers to your appointment so that your arm is easily accessible.
Upon arrival for your appointment, you will be asked to provide a form of ID indicating your date of birth. If you don't meet the age (or condition/occupation) requirements set by the state, we will not be permitted to administer your vaccine.
Your insurance company will be billed for the administration fee but not for the vaccine. Please bring your insurance card with you to your appointment. Patients will not be turned away for inability to pay.
If you scheduled your COVID-19 vaccine appointment through MyChart, please log in to your account several days before your appointment to complete registration (what we call eCheck-in). By checking in ahead of time, your appointment will go faster the day of your visit. Just click on the dark blue "eCheck-in" button near your appointment details in MyChart.
Your second dose can be scheduled in person at the time of your first appointment or through MyChart after you receive your first dose. See our tip sheet for how to schedule your second appointment.
While reported side effects are mild, we do ask that you stay on-site for 15 minutes following your vaccination to ensure there are no adverse reactions. Learn more about potential side effects: What to expect after getting a COVID-19 vaccine
Which COVID-19 vaccine is best? Can I choose which one I receive?
Comparing efficacy rates of vaccines is challenging because of differences in the designs and the timing of the Phase 3 clinical trials. The trials were testing for different outcomes, the vaccines were not tested against one another, and none were tested against the new variants. The comparisons are not apples to apples. Getting vaccinated with the first vaccine available to you is your best defense against COVID-19. At this time, patients aren't able to request a specific brand of vaccine; the
only exception is that all minors (ages 16 & 17) will be given the Pfizer
I got my first vaccine somewhere else, can I get my second vaccine at The Christ Hospital?
If you received your first dose elsewhere and are unable to get your second dose at the same location, please contact:
I have an upcoming surgery or procedure. Can I still get my vaccine?
If you have an upcoming procedure, please check with your provider about the ideal timing to get your vaccine.
Are there other resources I can reference?
Who can I call with questions?
We currently have limited availability to assist by phone, but you can call our COVID-19 vaccine information line at 513-585-3881 to hear the latest vaccine updates or cancel your appointment. We can also schedule a limited number of appointments by phone each week when appointments are available. (When scheduling by phone, please have your insurance card, date of birth and social security number ready.)