Ohio has developed a central coronavirus vaccine registration website that will allow people to sign up for the vaccine and is working to add providers to the system, Gov. Mike DeWine said Tuesday.
(TNS) — Ohio has developed a central coronavirus vaccine registration website that will allow people to sign up for the vaccine and is working to add providers to the system, Gov.
Under the first phase, the state created a system that is "functional and ready from a technical standpoint," he said.
The statewide portal will allow Ohioans to confirm what eligibility group they are in and also let them find providers and schedule a vaccine appointment.
Many Ohioans have been confused and frustrated by the patchwork of registration methods available during the initial weeks of the vaccine rollout.
"In addition to increasing convenience for those already eligible, this system will be critically important as we look forward to time when we receive more vaccine and more Ohioans become eligible," DeWine said. "It will be of particular importance down the road when we have more and more vaccines coming into the
Because the system is scalable, it will be helpful once the state has enough vaccines to have mass vaccination sites.
Early into the state's vaccine planning,
Once most providers are signed up and have entered vaccine availability into the system,
The state is also working with providers with vaccine waitlists to possibly integrate those with
"Our goal is for Ohioans to have a positive customer experience when we launch to make appointments," DeWine said. "Those interested in getting a vaccination will be able to put their zip code in and pull up appointments within 20 miles."
He added that the state is working with Area Agencies on Aging to help Ohioans who do not have internet access to help get a vaccine appointment.
A winter storm has delayed some direct shipments of the coronavirus vaccine to providers in
Some shipments may be delayed a day or two, DeWine said.
The state sent out 26 deliveries scheduled for Tuesday on a two-hour delay to give street crews time to clear the roads. Delivery drivers gave providers about an hour to half an hour's notice to make sure providers were ready to receive the vaccine, the governor said.
DeWine also encouraged Ohioans to contact vaccine providers if they have a vaccination appointment. Patients should not just assume vaccine clinics are canceled due to the weather.
To help promote vaccine equity,
Medical experts, community leaders and public health professional will join the livestream to answer questions about the coronavirus vaccine.
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It's the fourth straight day cases have remained below 3,000, according to the
Over the last 21 days,
Hospitalizations increased by 59 for a total of 48,739.
As of Tuesday, there were 1,566 coronavirus patients in
The state also reported 10 ICU admissions on Tuesday, bringing the total to 6,949.
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