Who's eligible to get vaccinated?

Prioritization of who receives the vaccine first is guided by federal and state governments. Following Gov. Mike DeWine’s plans for vaccine distribution, we are now able to schedule vaccine appointments for individuals who are at least 80 years old. Availability of groups to schedule their appointment will follow the COVID-19 vaccination phase 1B distribution plan as follows: 

  • Week of Jan. 19: 80 years of age and older
  • Week of Jan. 25: 75 years of age and older and those with severe congenital or developmental disorders
  • Week of Feb. 1: 70 years of age and older and employees of K-12 schools that wish to remain or return to in-person or hybrid models 
  • Week of Feb. 8: 65 years of age and older

Our patients that are eligible will receive a phone call, email and/or mail with details on how and when to schedule. The most efficient way to schedule is through MyChart account, as you can login and schedule your appointment 24/7 if you meet the criteria. If you're not a MyChart user, please call 614-688-VAXX (8299) for assistance.   

Please note: Patients must have an appointment to receive a vaccine, and the option to schedule an appointment is only available once the criteria are met. Vaccinations will take place at the Schottenstein Center

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How the COVID-19 vaccine works

Ohio State Wexner Medical Center Director of Infectious Diseases Susan Koletar, MD, explains the latest on COVID-19 vaccines and offers guidance for holiday gatherings.

How a COVID-19 vaccine would protect you



SARS-COV-2 is the strain of coronavirus that causes COVID-19. It's known as a spike protein. Spikes allow a ribonucleic acid (RNA) strand to enter the body, reproduce and kill healthy cells.


When the virus enters the body

When a virus enters the body, your body's immune system creates antibodies to fight the virus. Since COVID-19 is a novel virus, our body's immune system has not encountered this virus before and isn't prepared to fight.

How the vaccine protects you

The vaccine contains messenger RNA made with the genetic code of spike proteins. When you're injected with the vaccine, this messenger RNA enters your cells and produces a protein to stimulate an immune response, similar to COVID-19.

Now if you encounter the real virus, your body will recognize COVID-19 and is trained to fight it.


What we know about vaccines so far

Susan Koletar, MD, discusses how close we are to having a COVID-19 vaccine for the public, how the vaccine works and what safety measures are in place.

Read Dr. Koletar's article about the COVID-19 vaccine


Ohio State among the first in the U.S. to administer vaccine

Ohio State is once again at the forefront of global health care. Learn how we were among the first in the U.S. and first in Ohio to administer the COVID-19 vaccine.

Hope has arrived

More information about COVID-19 vaccines

More information about COVID-19 vaccines