UToledo Continues COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Under Ohio’s Phased Approach

January 13, 2021 | COVID-19, News, UToday, UTMC
By Jen Sorgenfrei

The University of Toledo this week continued to roll out COVID-19 vaccinations to front line healthcare workers with invitations to The University of Toledo Medical Center employees and UToledo students in clinical rotations caring for patients with the coronavirus. As part of Ohio’s vaccination program, the University also helped to vaccinate independent healthcare providers from around the community to ensure the vaccine is being rapidly deployed.

As the Ohio Department of Health’s phased approach to vaccination moves from Phase 1A to Phase 1B, the vaccine will be offered to a broader cross-section of the community beginning the week of Jan. 19. In Ohio, Phase 1B includes adults 65 and older, those with severe congenital, developmental or early-onset medical conditions, and adults who work in K-12 schools.

UToledo is partnering with the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department to help reach these additional populations, including eligible University stakeholders as well as members of the greater Toledo community. The health department is managing pre-registration and scheduling for the vaccine and UTMC will serve as a vaccination location along with other local healthcare providers.

“The University and UTMC continue to be in a position to provide high quality care for our community and participate in the public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Russ Smith, UTMC chief pharmacy, quality and safety officer and administrator of UTMC’s Eleanor N. Dana Cancer Center. “We’re proud to help expedite the vaccination process and move Ohio forward.”

All University of Toledo faculty, staff and students who would like to receive a COVID-19 vaccine are encouraged to pre-register now using the health department’s online registration form. The form collects basic contact information as well as relevant details about age, medical conditions and occupation to appropriately sort individuals into priority populations under Ohio’s phased approach to vaccination. The health department will notify pre-registered individuals when they are eligible to receive the vaccine with a list of available locations, including UTMC, for scheduling their vaccination appointment.

University employees who were previously invited to receive the vaccine but did not register or declined the vaccine at that time and would now like to be vaccinated may also register using the health department’s form. Newly hired employees eligible for the vaccine under Phase 1A of Ohio’s phased approach will be able to schedule a vaccine as part of their on-boarding process with the University.

For more information about the University’s vaccine program as one of Ohio’s vaccine providers visit utoledo.edu/coronavirus/vaccine.

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