In conjunction with Ohio’s statewide efforts to distribute COVID-19 vaccines to Ohioans in Phase 1B starting the week of January 18, Hancock Public Health (HPH), Blanchard Valley Health System (BVHS), 50 North, and the Hancock County Emergency Management Agency are partnering to lead the vaccination efforts. Our goals for this phase of vaccinations are to save the lives of the most vulnerable citizens and get kids back in school.
- health Care Workers
- EMS responders
- staff and residents at long-term care facilities
- people age 65 and older
- people living with severe congenital, developmental, or early-onset medical conditions
- adults who work in schools (K-12)
Governor DeWine announced a tiered system, which HPH will be following, for offering vaccinations to people who are eligible for the vaccine under phase 1B, beginning with those 80 or older. These phases are as follows:
• Week of Jan. 18: Ohioans 80 years of age and older.
• Week of Jan. 25: Ohioans 75 years of age and older; those with severe congenital or developmental disorders.
• Week of Feb. 1: Ohioans 70 years of age and older; employees of K-12 schools that wish to remain or return to in-person or hybrid models.
• Week of Feb. 8: Ohioans 65 years of age and older.
In Hancock County, the planned initial rollout for this phase will begin on January 18th and HPH is planning several vaccination clinics for the following weeks working in conjunction with Blanchard Valley Hospital and 50 North.
Walk-in appointments are not available, and vaccines will be administered by appointment only. Vaccines are in short supply in Ohio and at this point HPH has pre-registered over 1400+ individuals in the 80+ age group. For the first week of Tier 1B, four registered providers in Hancock County will be receiving a combined 500 doses.
If you have pre-registered with HPH, you will be contacted to schedule your vaccination as appointments become available. We ask the public to refrain from calling to check on their status so that we may focus the time of our call center staff on registering citizens for vaccination.
Anyone in Tier 1B that has not pre-registered and is interested in receiving a vaccine must pre-register in advance by visiting the link below :
COVID Vaccine Pre-registration
Citizens in phase 1B without online access may also call 50 North at 419-423-8496 or HPH at 419-424-7105 to be registered by phone.
The two Kroger stores in Findlay will also be offering vaccine for 1B individuals: All COVID-19 vaccines will require an appointment via www.kroger.com/ohiocovidvaccine or by calling 866-211-5320. Appointments will be open once vaccines are received next week.
While we understand many are eager to receive the vaccine, patience will be necessary while demand for the vaccine remains higher than the available supply. In the meantime, we must continue using all the tools available to help prevent the spread of the virus until a substantial number of Ohioans can be vaccinated. While vaccination will protect you from getting ill from COVID-19, not enough is yet known about whether or not you can still carry and spread the virus to others. HPH continues to ask that you wash/ sanitize your hands frequently, continue to practice social distancing, and wear a mask when around others.