Ohio Has Plans So No More COVID-19 Vaccines Are Wasted

Early in the effort to vaccine Ohioans, there have been some wasted doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.  Gov. Mike DeWine said earlier this week that doses were wasted when a health care official went to a nursing home to administer the vaccine to residents and staff.  When everyone who wanted a vaccine received one, there were extra doses left over.  

For many injections, this wouldn't be a problem.  The COVID-19 is required to be kept frozen.  Once a certain number of does is taken, there is essentially a limited amount of time for those vaccines to be administered.  Regulations keep health care workers from giving the extra injections to just anyone and that sometimes results in doses going bad.

Gov. DeWine announced that if a health care worker finds that they have extra doses, they will first offer them to people on the Phase 1a list and then move to people who are on the Phase 1b list.  He wants to make sure that none of the doses are wasted.  

According to Ohio's Coronavirus website, the following individuals are part of Phase 1a:

  • 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.

The following people are considered as part of Phase 1b:

  • Ohioans, age 65 and up.
  • Ohioans with severe congenital, developmental, or early onset medical disorders that make them particularly vulnerable. This includes cerebral palsy; spina bifida; congenital heart disease; type 1 diabetes; inherited metabolic disorders; severe neurological disorders. including epilepsy; severe genetic disorders, including Down syndrome, fragile X syndrome, Prader-Willi syndrome, and Turner syndrome; severe lung disease, including cystic fibrosis and severe asthma; sickle cell anemia; and alpha and beta thalassemia.
  • Adults/employees in K-12 schools that want to go back, or to remain, educating in person.
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