CELINA (1-15-21) – The MCHD continues to plan for the COVID-19 vaccine distribution for the Phase 1B population and is announcing our procedures for future drive-thru clinics.

As a reminder, we are following the guidance provided by the Ohio Department of Health (ODH):

  • Beginning the week of January 18, people who are 80 years of age or older will be eligible to receive the vaccine.  At this time, the clinic that is scheduled for Wednesday, January 20, 2021 is fully booked. MCHD is no longer taking appointments for this clinic.
  • Beginning the week of January 25, people who are 75 years of age or older will be eligible to receive the vaccine.
  • Also beginning the week of January 25, those who have severe congenital, developmental, or early onset medical disorders will be eligible to receive the vaccine. Further information on how these individuals will be able to receive their vaccinations will be announced soon.
  • Beginning February 1, people who 70 years of age or older will be eligible to receive the vaccine.  School employees will also be eligible February 1.
  • Beginning February 8, people who are 65 years of age or older will be eligible to receive the vaccine.

According to the plan established by the Ohio Department of Health, people in each age group will become eligible to receive the vaccine on the dates above, regardless of whether everyone in the previous age group has been vaccinated.  Due to the limited supply of doses, it will take weeks to vaccinate everyone in Phase 1B.

At this time, we are planning on holding weekly COVID-19 vaccine clinics on Wednesdays at the Mercer County Fairgrounds. Individuals will be required to register online through Eventbrite or by calling the MCHD office at 567-890-2619. The MCHD will publicly announce related information each Monday. Registration will open at noon on Tuesdays, and MCHD staff will be available to assist with registration over the phone until 3:00 PM.  No appointments will be scheduled before noon on Tuesday.  Weekly vaccination clinics may be canceled due to inclement weather or insufficient supply of vaccine.

The MCHD appreciates the patience and cooperation from our community as we continue to navigate through this process. The MCHD office will be closed on Monday, January 18 in observance of Martin Luther