Ohio May Begin Shuffling Vaccine Doses To High Demand Areas

Mar 29, 2021

Over 1,300 providers are working with the state to administer COVID-19 vaccines, but many report access is uneven.

All Ohioans over 16 are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. But there are still reports of people having problems finding appointments near home. At a shot clinic in Vinton County Monday, the governor said the state may start moving doses around after it gets its next shipment Tuesday. Ohio Public Radio's Karen Kasler reports.

Governor Mike DeWine says the formula for deciding how much vaccine each county gets has been mostly based on population, but there’s been some weight given to poverty and other factors. But he says when the state knows how much vaccine it will have by Tuesday at noon, the supply can be shared throughout the state.

“We will know, for example, how much Johnson & Johnson is coming into the state, which is really the kind of the unknown variable. And then we’ll make, within the next several days after that, the allocation.”

This week the state is expecting its biggest shipment of vaccine ever – more than 570,000 doses. Shot clinics continue in the three biggest cities as well as Lima, Toledo, Dayton, Akron and Youngstown as well as smaller communities. Four mobile vaccine clinics are also planned.