Pandemic Vaccine News & Updates
February 4, 2021
• Where those with disabilities should go to schedule vaccines – The Ohio Department of Health has received questions about scheduling vaccinations for those with developmental or intellectual disabilities and certain qualifying medical conditions. This language has been clarified for the public. If someone believes they fall into this category:
o County boards of developmental disabilities will reach out to them to coordinate vaccination if they are already receiving services from the board and it knows that they qualify.
o If someone has not been contacted, or if they do not receive services through a board of developmental disabilities, they must reach out to the board in their county to coordinate their vaccination .
o The board will work with a children’s hospital or a local health department to schedule the vaccination appointment. Vaccinations will only be given at local health departments or participating children’s hospitals in conjunction with the local boards. Patients should not go to their local pharmacy for scheduling or vaccination.
• K-12 School Staff Vaccination Program underway – School employees who
are necessary to the operation of in-person instruction for K-12 students are now eligible
for vaccination. This includes adults in district buildings who regularly interact with
students, such as teachers and long-term subs, bus drivers, cafeteria workers,
environmental and building services, office personnel, paid coaches, etc. Schedules of
vaccinations are available here.
• Good news about vaccine supply – While vaccine supply remains limited, vaccine
manufacturers are ramping up efforts to increase supply.
• Pfizer-BioNTech plans to increase shipment of vaccine by 40 percent around midto-late February. Shipments could additionally increase even more by the end of March. Pfizer is currently shipping approximately 73,000 doses to Ohio per week.
• Moderna doses have increased from 73,200 two weeks ago to 105,600 doses that
are expected next week.
• Ohio was one of the first states to draw unused doses from the long-term care
program, and those 77,000 extra doses are being delivered this week to select CVS and Walgreens pharmacies.
• Johnson & Johnson applied Feb. 4 for emergency use authorization for its singledose vaccine. A U.S. Food & Drug Administration panel will review the request on
Feb. 26, with authorization anticipated shortly after from the FDA and
recommended use by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention.
• Acceptable forms of identification – In effort to confirm someone’s identity, name, and
age. ID that is expired or from another state or country will still be accepted. Providers
should make it known if any additional documentation (such as an employee ID or pay
stub) is required to verify eligibility. Acceptable forms of identification are:
• Driver license or any photo ID, regardless of expiration date or place of origin.
• Active/retired military ID.
• Physician statement (including shot records).
• Census records.
• Adoption records.
• Naturalization certificate.
• Birth certificate: Birth record, either original or certified copy.
• Consulate ID or matricula consular.
• Department of State forms.
• Military service records (DD-214)
• Certification of Birth Abroad of a Citizen of the United States (FS-545)
• Certification of Report of Birth Abroad of a
United States Citizen (DS-1350)
• Consular Report of Birth Abroad of a Citizen
of the United States of America (FS-240)
• Passport or a passport card.
• Certificate of citizenship.
• Permanent resident card.
• Application for replacement naturalization/citizenship document.