COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Health officials say they plan to roll out Phase 1B of the coronavirus vaccine to those age 80 and over in central Ohio beginning Monday.

The state will begin with those 80 and older on Monday, then make the vaccine available to those 75 and older on Jan. 25, those 70 and older on Feb. 1, and finally those 65 and older on Feb. 8.

Phase 1B will affect three groups:

  • Ohioans age 65 and over
  • Ohioans with congenital issues
  • K-12 Educators starting Feb. 1

Dr. Mysheika Roberts, Columbus Public Health Commissioner, recommends that people 80 and older first contact their health care providers to ask about setting up a vaccine appointment.

The Ohio Department of Health is offering vaccines through Giant Eagle, Kroger, and other pharmacies. The ODH Coronavirus Help Line is 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634).

Local health departments, like Franklin County Public Health, are also options, according to Dr. Roberts. FCPH’s number is 614- 525-5225.

NBC4 Reporter Allen Henry has more details: