By Margaret Adams
Here is information to help people who want to get the Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine.
With the new Biden Administration, more Coronavirus vaccines are becoming available. At this time the vaccines available are either Pfizer or Moderna, but this can change as more vaccines are approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration).
The vaccines come in two doses with the second dose administered 3-4 weeks after the first. Make sure you are given your appointment for the second dose after receiving the first one.
When you go for your appointment to receive the vaccine make sure you have your photo identification with you. At this time the vaccine is FREE to all. Please make sure to wear your mask and be prepared to wait the required 15 minutes after receiving your vaccine.
Trying to schedule an appointment and finding a location that is administering the vaccine will require patience and persistence.
The State of Ohio has a website (https://vaccine.coronavirus) that is supposed to help you locate a site. When I visited the site, here is what I found: If you go to the full screen on the lower right side you can scroll down to find location information which is listed alphabetically. On sites in Cuyahoga County and the city of Cleveland what is provided is the name, address, phone number, and web address of the provider. If you contact the major hospitals in the area (MetroHealth, Cleveland Clinic, University Hospital) you will be directed to go to MY CHART, or in the case of University Hospital you are directed to their website to schedule an appointment.
Other options that can be used to try and schedule an appointment are:
Cuyahoga County Board of Health – www.ccbh.net/vac/
United Way – 211 and press 3 for Coronavirus information
City of Cleveland Health Department – 216-664-2222
NEON Health Centers
St. Vincent Charity Hospital
Neighborhood Family Practice
Rite Aid Pharmacy
Please call and verify that the location has the vaccine and is offering appointments. There are still limited supplies available and locations may run out and have to wait for another supply. Also note that certain groups will be vaccinated before others, such as certain classes of workers and elderly people age 75 and up before others.
YOU WILL STILL NEED TO CONTINUE WEARING MASK AND SOCIAL DISTANCE AFTER RECEIVING THE VACCINE. IMMUNITY DOES NOT OCCUR IMMEDIATELY.