Ohio’s COVID-19 Vaccination Plans: What We Know So Far
Manufacturers are raising questions regarding Ohio’s COVID-19 vaccination distribution plans. Here’s what we know to date:
Ohio is currently in Phase 1A of the state’s vaccine distribution. This phase is focused on inoculating health care workers and nursing home residents.
Phase 1B — which will include Ohioans ages 65 and older, those with severe medical issues, and staff at K-12 schools — is expected to begin Jan. 19. With more than 2 million people in this group, Phase 1B is expected to take several months to complete.
Based on Ohio’s draft plan, Phase 2 will include employees for essential businesses; it is believed this group will contain most manufacturing employees. The OMA has advocated that the Phase 2 definition of “essential businesses” be the same definition used by state officials last spring to keep the vast majority of manufacturers and their suppliers operating. At this time, it’s unclear when Phase 2 will begin due to the limited vaccine supplies.
OMA members should keep in close contact with their local health district officials since they will play a key role in the distribution. Be sure to read the OMA’s regularly published COVID-19 updates (emailed to members), and visit the Ohio Department of Health’s vaccination program page, which includes an FAQ section. If you have specific questions, contact the OMA’s Rob Brundrett. 1/7/2021