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 will follow the COVID-19 vaccination phase 1B distribution schedule as follows:  

  • 80 years of age and older: Now eligible
  • 75 years of age and older: Week of Jan. 25
  • 70 years of age and older: Week of Feb. 1
  • 65 years of age and older: Week of Feb. 8
  • 64 years of age and younger: We don't have dates for when you'll be eligible to get the vaccine. We will share this information as soon as it's available.
  • Those with congenital or developmental disorders: Week of Jan. 25; The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) is managing vaccine plans for this group. Please visit the ODH website for more information and to schedule your vaccine through ODH. If you're an Ohio State patient with one of these conditions, you must get your vaccine through ODH.
  • Employees of K-12 schools that wish to do in-person or hybrid models: Week of Feb. 1; More information will be forthcoming from the State of Ohio on the distribution plan. 

Please note: You 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

You can also check with your local health department or the Ohio Department of Health to see if other health care providers or retail clinics have vaccine availability.

How can I schedule an appointment to get vaccinated?

Upon eligibility, patients should log in to their MyChart account, go to 'Visits' or 'Appointments,' select 'Schedule an Appointment' and choose 'COVID-19 Vaccination' option. After answering appropriate health questions, you can schedule an appointment.

View our step-by-step guide on creating and managing your vaccine appointment. Don't have a MyChart account? Sign up now.

If you are a caregiver for a family member and have proxy access to the patient's MyChart account, you can schedule their vaccine as well. Our MyChart FAQ explains more.

If you cannot sign up for a MyChart account, call 614-688-8299 (VAXX) to make an appointment.

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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.


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