Editor’s note: The above video is from a press conference on January 14.
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Mahoning County Public Health officials asked for the community’s patience during the COVID-19 vaccination process as officials say they’ve received limited doses of the vaccine.
Health officials held a press conference January 14 to inform the public on how to obtain the vaccines. You can watch that above.
They started on Jan. 19 with Phase 1B of the vaccination process, which is first prioritized for those ages 80 and older. On Jan. 25, those ages 75 and older, as well as those with significant health conditions, can receive the vaccine.
On Feb. 1, Those 70 and older and employees of K-12 schools that wish to remain or return to in-person hybrid learning can receive the vaccine.
February, 8 begins vaccinations for those 65 years old and older.
Those interested in receiving a vaccine must preregister; no vaccines will be given to walk-in patients.
Preregistration can be done through mahoninghealth.org. Those interested in registering can also call 330-270-2855, extension 9.
The Mahoning County Health Department said those who are 65 years old or older can register. Call screeners have the ability to sort information by age and date received. A scheduling professional from Mahoning County Public Health will reach out to those who registered when there is confirmation of a vaccine being received.
According to Mahoning County Public Health, its goal is to eventually provide COVID-19 vaccinations to all those who need them.
Preregistration for vaccines in the City of Youngstown can be done at covid19.youngstownohio.gov or by calling 330-502-4276.
To register with the city, you should be a city resident. According to City Health Commissioner Erin Bishop, however, they’re taking care of non-city residents who have already registered through the city.
Mercy Health has a couple of locations for community vaccination sites. To schedule an appointment, call 1-866-624-0366. Their hotline is available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
These are being done through appointment only, and no walk-ins are allowed. Those applying must meet specific criteria.
For more information, go to www.mercy.com.
Southwoods Health also has its own COVID-19 outreach vaccination program. Appointments are also required for that program.
To schedule an appointment there, call 330-965-5099. Additional information will be provided to people who receive appointments.
Giant Eagle Pharmacy says it will begin scheduling qualified residents as early as Wednesday, Jan. 20. People are encouraged to set appointments on Giant Eagle’s online portal.
Officials say they’re hopeful that they’ll receive more vaccines soon. Vaccines will be given on a first-come, first-served basis to qualifying individuals.
Mahoning County Health Commissioner Ryan Tekac said the vaccines are free to individuals, with or without insurance.
“If perhaps that there’s a chance that there are some doses left over, we do have a long list that was from Phase 1A health care partners that we would work down through and call them to ensure we are not wasting vaccines. We will do the same with Phase 1B. I can guarantee we will have a long list and we can make phone calls towards the end of the day and ensure those vaccines are distributed to someone in Phase 1B,” Tekac said.
Tekac said the vaccine should also be effective against the new variant of COVID-19.
After you get your vaccine, you’ll get a reminder card for your second vaccine. You will also get a call or text the week before your second vaccine to remind you of your appointment 21 or 28 days later, depending on if you get the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.