TALLMADGE, Ohio — DISCLAIMER: This story was published before Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine advised all vaccine providers statewide to "temporarily pause" the Johnson & Johnson one-dose shot amid a recommendation from the FDA and CDC.
Have you been hoping to get the one-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine instead of the other options from Pfizer or Moderna, which both require two shots? Your search may have become a bit easier.
Before its opening April 3, health officials said the mass vaccination site at the Summit County Fairgrounds is only giving Johnson & Johnson single-dose vaccines.
"It has been conveyed from the state that we should expect J&J for all mass vaccination clinics over the next eight weeks," Marlene Martin of Summit County Public Health told 3News in an e-mail this week.
The site, which will be open for three to four days per week depending on dose allocation from the state, is scheduled to be in operation for two months. Officials say they have the capacity to administer up to 5,000 vaccinations each week.
Vaccinations are by appointment only, which can be made by using Ohio's "Get the Shot" site HERE. To find available appointments at the fairgrounds, use this address: 1050 North Avenue in Tallmadge. If you don't see the address upon your search, that means no more appointments are currently available at the Summit County Fairgrounds mass vaccination clinic -- but keep checking back frequently because more slots will be made available.
Those needing assistance with making an appointment can call 330-926-5795.
One important note to remember: Although Governor Mike DeWine opened COVID vaccination eligibility to all Ohioans ages 16 and older last week, those ages 16-17 are only permitted to get the Pfizer vaccine. That's because it's the only one currently cleared for emergency use authorization by the FDA for those specific age groups.