COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Two COVID-19 vaccines have been granted emergency use authorization (EUA) from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). These vaccines, manufactured by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna, began arriving in Ohio in December 2020.

Federal, State and Local Resources

Distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine in the State of Ohio is based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Ohio Department of Health (ODH). The CDC, State of Ohio and City of Columbus have shared resources about the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine along with details about vaccine distribution. Links to more information are below.

Vaccine Distribution at the Wexner Medical Center

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center has been selected as a COVID-19 vaccine distribution site. At this time, based on guidance from the CDC and ODH, the medical center is scheduling vaccine appointments for individuals who are at least 80 years old. Appointment scheduling opportunities will follow the state’s COVID-19 vaccination phased distribution plan (subject to change based on vaccine availability) as follows: 

  • Week of Jan. 19: 80 years of age and older
  • Week of Jan. 25: 75 and older and those with severe congenital or developmental disorders
  • Week of Feb. 1: 70 and older and employees of K-12 schools who wish to remain on or return to in-person or hybrid models 
  • Week of Feb. 8: 65 and older

An appointment is required in order to receive a vaccine, and the option to schedule an appointment is only available once the criteria are met. Vaccinations will take place at the Schottenstein Center

Wexner Medical Center patients who are eligible will receive a phone call, email and/or regular mail with details on how and when to schedule. Eligible Wexner Medical Center patients are encouraged to schedule an appointment through their MyChart account. Individuals who are not patients of the Wexner Medical Center or those who do not have a MyChart account can call 614-688-VAXX (8299) for assistance.

University Planning 

The university is actively planning for expanded vaccine distribution for students, faculty and staff as allowed by the State of Ohio and will work in coordination with Gov. Mike DeWine as well as state and local health experts. Details will be shared with the community when they are available.

More information about the vaccine is available on the Wexner Medical Center website.

Continue Following Safe and Healthy Requirements

While this progress is promising, it remains critically important to keep following public health protocols – even if you receive the vaccine. That means continuing to wear masks, practicing physical distancing, avoiding large gatherings and consistently cleaning your hands until the majority of the U.S. population is vaccinated.