COVID-19 Vaccination Program

Phase 2A, 2B, 2C:

Phase 1B will specifically include those below who choose to be vaccinated: 

  • Ohioans, age 40 and up.

Phase 1C

Medical conditions and women who are pregnant

  • People with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.
  • Bone marrow transplant recipients.
    • These are sometimes also called hematopoietic cell or stem cell transplants, and these patients are undergoing treatment primarily for cancer and certain anemias, and they face an increased risk of severe COVID-19 illness.
    • This group does NOT include the kind of stem-cell injections people might receive for the treatment of orthopedic problems, especially for their knees.
  • People with type 1 diabetes.
  • Pregnant women.


  • Child care services: Staff members at child care centers and pre-kindergarten programs who have regular, ongoing direct contact with children enrolled in these programs.
    • Administrators, lead and assistant teachers, and substitute teachers enrolled in Ohio’s Professional Registry who are currently working in open child care or pre-kindergarten programs.
    • Licensing specialists employed by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services or a county job and family services agency.
    • The program does NOT include parent volunteers, board members, or owners/administrators who do not provide in-classroom support.
  • Funeral services: This group includes licensed staff and active apprentices in the funeral services industry.
    • Embalmers/morticians.
    • Funeral home directors.
    • Crematory operators.
    • Apprentices.
  • Law enforcement and corrections officers:
    • This group includes sworn law enforcement officers and peace officers who have first responder or direct supervisory responsibilities. These individuals must be active duty, working a regular minimum of 20 hours a week. Eligibility does not include retired, “special,” or reserve officers.
      • Police officers.
      • Sheriff’s deputies.
      • Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers.
      • Special jurisdiction officers: Other state or federal enforcement officers such as Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) enforcement staff, pharmacy board investigators, BCI agents, state fire marshal investigators, federal transportation security officers, and other federal law enforcement officers who do not have access to vaccination from federal sources.
    • Corrections staff: Eligible are corrections staff, including probation and parole staff, who provide direct services to an adult or juvenile inmate or court-supervised individuals.
    • Firefighters: Individuals who have a valid active firefighting certificate in the State of Ohio who are active members or employees of a recognized fire department. This does not include retired, emeritus or reserve individuals.

Phase 1D:


  • People with type 2 diabetes under the age of 50.
  • People with end-stage renal disease (also known as end-stage kidney disease) under the age of 50.

Phase 1E:


Individuals with at least one of the following medical conditions:

  • Cancer.
  • Chronic kidney disease (CKD).
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
  • Heart disease.
  • Obesity.

Phase 1B:

Phase 1B will specifically include those below who choose to be vaccinated:

  • Ohioans, age 65 and up.
  • Adults/employees in all schools that want to go back, or to remain, educating in person.
  • Ohioans with severe congenital, developmental, or early-onset medical disorders that make them particularly vulnerable. This includes Ohioans born with or who have early childhood conditions that are carried into adulthood, which put them at a higher risk for adverse outcomes due to COVID-19.
  • The week of Feb. 1: Ohioans 70 years of age and older; employees of K-12 schools that wish to remain or return to in-person or hybrid models.
  • The week of Feb. 8: Ohioans 65 years of age and older.
  • The week of Feb 16: Ohioans born with or who have early childhood conditions that are carried into adulthood, which put them at a higher risk for adverse outcomes due to COVID-19.he qualifying conditions are:
    • Sickle cell anemia.
    • Down syndrome.
    • Cystic fibrosis.
    • Muscular dystrophy.
    • Cerebral palsy.
    • Spina bifida.
    • People born with severe heart defects, requiring regular specialized medical care.
    • People with severe type 1 diabetes, who have been hospitalized for this in the past year.
    • Phenylketonuria (PKU), Tay-Sachs, and other rare, inherited metabolic disorders.
    • Epilepsy with continuing seizures; hydrocephaly; microcephaly, and other severe neurological disorders.
    • Turner syndrome, fragile X syndrome, Prader-Willi syndrome, and other severe genetic disorders.
    • People with severe asthma, who have been hospitalized for this in the past year.
    • Alpha and beta thalassemia.
    • Solid organ transplant candidates and recipients.

    Phase 1B Timing:

    Vaccinations in Phase 1B are expected to begin the week of January 19. Governor DeWine announced a tiered system for offering vaccinations to the estimated 2.2 million people who are eligible for the vaccine under this phase, beginning with those who are 80 or older. When a new age group begins, vaccinations may not be complete for the previous age group. It will take a number of weeks to distribute all of the vaccine given the limited doses available.

  • The week of Jan. 25: Ohioans 75 years of age and older; those with severe congenital and developmental disorders.
  • The week of Jan. 19: Ohioans 80 years of age and older.

Phase 1A:

Phase 1A will include those below who choose to be vaccinated:


  • Healthcare workers and personnel who are routinely involved in the care of COVID-19 patients.
  • Residents and staff in nursing homes.
  • Residents and staff in assisted living facilities.
  • Patients and staff at state psychiatric hospitals.
  • People with developmental disabilities and those with mental health disorders, including substance use disorders, who live in group homes, residential facilities, or centers, and staff at those locations.
  • Residents and staff at our two state-run homes for Ohio veterans.
  • EMS responders.  



Perry County Vaccine Provider Information: 

A list of vaccine providers in Ohio can be found here: