Ohio online vaccine scheduling tool still 2-3 weeks away

Posted at 11:51 AM, Feb 17, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-17 17:35:39-05

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The rollout of an online vaccine appointment scheduling tool is still two to three weeks away as the state recruits providers such as pharmacies, hospitals, health clinics and others to participate, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said Tuesday.

Once the tool is live, Ohioans can enter their ZIP code and find appointments within 20 miles.

“Our goal is for Ohioans to have a positive customer experience when we launch, to make these appointments,” DeWine said.

The state is also working with groups such as the Area Agencies on Aging to help Ohioans who don’t have Internet access schedule coronavirus vaccines.

As of Tuesday, more than 1.3 million Ohioans, or about 11% of the population, had received at least the first dose of the coronavirus vaccine, according to health department data. Ohio is now focused on vaccinating people 65 and older, a population of 2 million that’s expected to take several weeks.