COVID-19 vaccine in Ohio Thursday update: Eligibility opens for 940,000 residents


U.S. Army medic Kristen Rogers, of Waxhaw, N.C., holds a vial of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, Wednesday, March 3, 2021, in North Miami, Fla. FEMA opened four mass vaccinations sites in Florida capable of vaccinating up to 3,000 people every day, seven days a week. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier)

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Many more Ohioans became eligible for the COVID-19 vaccines on Thursday, with the state beginning Phase 1C and Phase 2 of its vaccination program.

As of Thursday, March 4, a total of 1,803,091 people — or 15.43% of the state’s population — have started the vaccination process, up 44,352 from the previous day. A total of 984,471 — or 8.42% of the population — have finished vaccination, up 21,936 from the previous day.

Here is who is eligible for the vaccine under Phase 1C:

  • People with ALS
  • Bone marrow transplant recipients
  • People with type 1 diabetes
  • Pregnant women
  • Those employed in child-care services
  • Those employed in the funeral services industry
  • Law enforcement and corrections officers

Under Phase 2, those 60 and older are eligible. An additional 940,000 have become vaccine-eligible under the new phases.

Gov. Mike DeWine announced Monday that the state was expanding vaccine eligibility because it was receiving 440,000 doses from manufacturers Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson to be administered this week.

DeWine has said the state remains in the process of developing a central online scheduling portal. Until then, there are many providers offering vaccinations. Below is a list compiled by NBC4 Investigates‘ Jamie Ostroff, with links where available:

Those who were eligible under Phase 1B as having certain medical conditions can still register for a vaccine, too.

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