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Ohio's Statewide Coronavirus Vaccine Scheduling Tool Still Weeks Away

Ohio State employee Stacey Boyer, left, receives a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine from Kelli Barnes Monday, Dec. 14, 2020, in Columbus, Ohio.
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Ohio State employee Stacey Boyer, left, receives a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine from Kelli Barnes Monday, Dec. 14, 2020, in Columbus, Ohio.

Gov. Mike DeWine says the rollout of an online vaccine appointment scheduling tool is still 2-3 weeks away as the state recruits providers such as pharmacies, hospitals, health clinics and others.

Once the tool is live, Ohioans will be able to enter their ZIP code and find COVID-19 vaccine appointments within 20 miles. Currently, to book an appointment, eligible Ohioans must navigate their way through any number of scheduling tools operated by individual vaccine providers.

DeWine said Tuesday the goal is for residents to have a positive customer experience. He says the site has already been built and is ready for vaccine providers to enter their information into it.

“We’ll provide extra service to help them get set up and work with them one-on-one to make sure the system can work well with everyone," DeWine says.

DeWine says providers are working through wait lists now, but once they have made the transition to the state’s new scheduling site, the website will go live.

The state is also working with groups such as the Area Agencies on Aging to help Ohioans who don’t have Internet access to schedule coronavirus vaccines.

Ohio currently permits residents ages 65 and older to sign up for the vaccine, along with staff of participating K-12 schools, and those with severe congenital or developmental disorders.