Feb. 19, 2021, Update: The vaccine schedule for next week has been
filled. Please check back often; we expect to add new dates and times weekly
(usually toward the end of the week), as we receive additional doses of the
vaccine from the state. (Please note, we are not able
to create wait-lists at this time.) You can also visit The Health
Collaborative's website where you'll find a listing of
other vaccine distribution locations and schedules in our area.
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 guidelines for Phase 1B, which includes:
Those 65 and older and those born with or who have early childhood conditions that are carried into adulthood which put them at a higher risk for adverse outcomes due to COVID-19:
Sickle Cell Anemia | Down Syndrome | Cystic Fibrosis | Muscular Dystrophy | Cerebral Palsy | Spina Bifida | Severe Heart Defects, which you were born with and require regular specialized medical care | Severe Type 1 Diabetes, requiring hospitalization in the past year | Phenylketonuria (PKU), Tay-Sachs, or other rare, inherited metabolic disorders | Epilepsy with continuing seizures, Hydrocephaly, Microcephaly, or other severe neurological disorders | Turner Syndrome, Fragile X Syndrome, Prader-Willi Syndrome, or other severe genetic disorders | Severe Asthma, requiring hospitalization in the past year | Alpha and Beta Thalassemia | Solid Organ Transplant candidates and recipients
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
Additionally, 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/BioNTech 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?
Initially, vaccines will be offered at The Christ Hospital Joint & Spine Center 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?
If no appointments are available, please check back often, as we expect to add new dates and times weekly (usually toward the end of the week), as we receive additional doses of the vaccine from the state. (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.
We appreciate your patience during these unpredictable weeks. We understand that many are eager to schedule their vaccination, and we're looking forward to being able to expand access as soon as possible.
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) 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 itself. 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.
The COVID-19 vaccine requires two doses. 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 effect 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
Are there other resources I can reference?
How can I receive additional COVID-19 vaccine information?
You can call our COVID-19 vaccine information line at 513-585-3881 to hear the latest vaccine availability information. Please note that we aren't able to schedule appointments over the phone at this time, but our goal is to provide this service in the coming weeks.