COLUMBUS, Ohio — Beginning Monday, the Ohio Department of Health is launching the central scheduling tool to schedule vaccine appointments. Through this portal, Ohioans can determine if they are eligible to receive the vaccine, schedule appointments, and receive updates and reminders.
Ohioans can access the portal here.
“Our team continues to work with providers to load even more appointments into the system. Every day, there will be more appointments added,” DeWine said Monday.
DeWine said the state is requiring vaccine providers to either schedule vaccines using this system or another electronic scheduling system that interfaces with the central scheduling tool.
“We believe this will streamline the scheduling process, reduce data lags, and provide real-time information on vaccination progress,” DeWine said.
DeWine said his team reviewed the federal government's vaccine scheduling system and determined after looking at 40 other states, it would not work for Ohio.
"Ohio chose to build its own system because the federal government's system would not work for Ohio. The first phase for launching the system is complete. The site has been developed and is functional and ready from a technical standpoint," he said.
The ODH will use the central scheduling too for appointments for mass vaccination clinic,including the FEMA site in Cleveland, where DeWine said he anticipates up to 6,000 vaccines administered on a given day. The clinic will be open seven days a week, but hours haven't been decided. Ohioans who are currently eligible to receive the vaccine will be allowed to receive their vaccinations there.
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