Eligibility

We recognize the incalculable effort that has resulted in the development of safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines. We honor those efforts by treating these vaccines as the precious resources that they are.

While we’re making every effort to schedule vaccinations, we’re limited by the number of vaccines we receive from the Ohio Department of Health. We administer every shot we receive, as quickly as possible.

If you meet eligibility requirements but have not yet been able to secure an appointment, please do the following:

  • Join our waitlist by calling 614-688-8299 (VAXX) from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. You will be notified if an appointment becomes available.
  • Check the Ohio Department of Health website to see if other health care providers or retail clinics have vaccine availability.
  • Regularly monitor your Ohio State MyChart account for notifications of available appointments.

Now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine 

  • Individuals 65 years of age and older.
  • Individuals with developmental or intellectual disability. If you're an Ohio State patient with one of these conditions, you must get your vaccine through the Ohio Department of Health. (Click 'Phase 1B Distribution')
  • Employees of K-12 schools that wish to do in-person or hybrid models: Learn more more at the Ohio Department of Health website (click 'Phase 1B Distribution')
  • Individuals with a qualifying congenital, early-onset or inherited condition: Additional scheduling criteria may be required for those with qualifying medical conditions. Qualifying conditions include:
    • Alpha and beta thalassemia
    • Cerebral palsy
    • Inherited metabolic disorders including phenylketonuria
    • Severe congenital heart disease requiring hospitalization within the past year
    • Severe genetic disorders including Down syndrome, fragile X syndrome, Prader-Willi syndrome, Turner syndrome and muscular dystrophy
    • Severe neurological disorders including epilepsy, hydrocephaly and microcephaly
    • Severe type 1 diabetes requiring hospitalization within the past year
    • Severe lung disease, including asthma requiring hospitalization within the past year, and cystic fibrosis
    • Sickle cell anemia
    • Solid organ transplant patients
    • Spina bifida

Do you meet eligibility requirements? Learn how to schedule your appointment.

What do you do if you're not eligible?

We wish things could move faster, too. But while you’re waiting for your turn, you can still take steps to keep yourself and your loved ones protected while minimizing the spread of COVID-19.

  • Keep wearing that mask and social distancing. Things are looking up, but we can’t let our guard down just yet.
  • Encourage those around you to get the vaccine. The unknown can be scary, so we need your help here. Your mom or grandpa might not listen to the health experts, but they do listen to you. Become an ambassador for the shot. Remind your loved ones of what they’ve been missing — and what they’ll get back once COVID-19 is no longer a threat.
  • Help your loved ones schedule their appointments. This is all new, so it can be a little confusing. Make sure they’re signed up for a MyChart account, and follow these step-by-step instructions to book their vaccination.
  • Take care of your health so you’re in tip-top shape once your turn arrives. Ohio State research found that when you’re more stressed and anxious, it may take a little longer to develop antibodies after the COVID-19 vaccine. So eat well, exercise, get enough sleep and get ready for the better days ahead. 
Frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions

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