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LIST | Guidance on COVID-19 booster shots, where they're available in northwest Ohio

The CDC has approved Pfizer's boosters for older Americans and those with underlying conditions.

TOLEDO, Ohio — COVID-19 booster shots from Pfizer have been approved for many Americans and there are multiple options available in northwest Ohio to receive a dose, including walk-in and scheduled appointments statewide at pharmacies, federally qualified health centers, doctor’s offices, community vaccination sites, and local health departments. 

The Ohio Department of Health says there is ample supply of vaccine for boosters, as well as first and second doses, for Ohioans. 

Ohioans will be able to check Get the Shot on the Ohio Department of Health's website or call 1-833-427-5634 for the latest eligibility information and to find a vaccine provider near them.

Toledo-Lucas County Health Department

The Toledo-Lucas County Health Department will have COVID-19 Pfizer booster shots at the Lucas County Rec Center starting Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2021. Clinics will run on Wednesdays from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Thursdays from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., and Saturdays from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. The Rec Center is located at 2901 Key St, Maumee, OH 43537.

The clinics will be available for both walk-in clients and those who wish to schedule an appointment. 

To expedite services and prevent added registration time, you are encouraged to schedule an appointment.  Visit www.lucascountyhealth.com/covidvaccine or https://gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov/ to schedule an appointment.

Call the COVID-19 hotline at 419-213-4100, option #1, for assistance making an appointment.  Calls are answered Monday-Friday, 8 am-4:30 pm.

Ohio Northern

COVID-19 boosters and flu shots are available from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday at ONU HealthWise Pharmacy. Walk-in and scheduled appointments are also available. Call the pharmacy at 419-772-3784 to schedule your appointment.

CVS

CVS' website says that the pharmacy chain is preparing to administer the boosters. As of the afternoon of Sept. 24, the pharmacy's appointment booking site does not list booster shot under potential options, though according to some reports, CVS is ready to give out doses at select locations Friday.

KROGER

Kroger is administering boosters to select immunocompromised individuals in accordance with FDA/ACIP guidance. Eligible people can schedule appointments at this link or by calling 1-866-211-5320 and completing a brief survey.

MEIJER

Meijer announced on Friday it will administer boosters at all of its pharmacies.

“We’ve come a long way these past 18 months, but in order to continue on that path and maintain our healthy communities, we encourage everyone who is eligible to get the COVID-19 booster,” said Rick Keyes, Meijer president and CEO. “Our Pharmacy Team worked diligently to vaccinate a very large number of people in a relatively short amount of time and is preparing to administer boosters for those who are eligible to take that next step.”

Eligible patients who received their initial vaccinations from Meijer will be sent a text message before their timeframe opens to schedule an appointment. All other patients who received their first vaccinations elsewhere can text COVID to 75049 to schedule an appointment when eligible, or walk into any Meijer pharmacy.

WALGREENS

Walgreens said it is giving out Pfizer boosters nationwide following the CDC approval. Starting Sept. 25, appointments for a COVID-19 booster shot and additional immunizations can be scheduled through Walgreens.com/ScheduleVaccine, by calling 1-800-Walgreens or by calling a local Walgreens store.

New patients to Walgreens seeking a booster shot will be asked to verify eligibility when the appointment is scheduled and at the time of the appointment. Patients can either bring their COVID-19 vaccine dose card to the appointment so the booster shot can be recorded, or information about their primary vaccine series to receive a new vaccine card noting the booster dose. Currently, patients with a registered Walgreens pharmacy account can access their vaccines records via the Walgreens website or mobile app.

WALMART & SAM'S CLUB

Walmart and Sam's Club are also offering booster shots as early as Friday. Patients can get their booster shots either by appointment or just by walking in. Those eligible for the boosters can schedule on Walmart or Sam's Club's websites.

WHO CAN GET A BOOSTER SHOT?

COVID-19 vaccine booster doses have been authorized for certain recipients of the Pfizer-BioNTech/Comirnaty vaccine to prevent serious outcomes from COVID-19 illness. Eligibility for booster doses is currently limited to individuals at the highest risk for severe COVID-19 based upon their age, certain underlying medical conditions, or occupational/institutional settings as outlined below. A booster dose is recommended at least six months following completion of the original PfizerBioNTech/Comirnaty vaccine series. 

At this time, booster doses are authorized only for the Pfizer vaccine and the following people:

  • Individuals ages 65 and older and residents of long-term care facilities should receive a booster dose.
  • Individuals ages 50 to 64 with certain underlying medical conditions that put them at high risk of severe COVID-19 should receive a booster dose.
  • Individuals ages 18 to 49 with certain underlying medical conditions may receive a booster dose, based on their individual benefits and risks.
  • Individuals ages 18 to 64 who are at high risk of COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of an occupational or institutional risk of exposure may receive a booster shot based on their individual benefits and risks.

Eligible booster recipients will be asked to attest they have one of the qualifying conditions, but specific proof will not be required. Eligible Ohioans should allow 2-3 weeks to get their booster dose, with many opportunities to be vaccinated in their local community.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE BOOSTER SHOT

IDENTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS FOR GETTING THE BOOSTER SHOT

The vaccine provider will need identification to verify your identity, name, and age. You do not need to show proof of citizenship or residency status. Your identification will still be accepted if it is expired or from another state or country. 

If you are eligible to receive the vaccine based on your employment (e.g., a K-12 school employee or healthcare employee), the State of Ohio is not requiring any additional documentation for proof of eligibility; however, providers may develop their own screening and monitoring procedures to evaluate eligibility.

Acceptable forms of identification are: 

  • Driver’s license or any photo ID, regardless of expiration date or place of origin. Active/retired military ID.
  • Physician statement (including shot records). 
  • Census records. 
  • Adoption records. 
  • Naturalization certificate. 
  • Birth certificate: Birth record, either original or certified copy. 
  • Consulate ID or matricula consular. 
  • Passport or a passport card. 
  • Certificate of citizenship. 
  • Permanent resident card. 
  • Application for replacement naturalization/citizenship document. 
  • Department of State forms:  
  1. Military service records (DD-214) 
  2. Certification of Birth Abroad of a Citizen of the United States (FS-545)
  3.  Certification of Report of Birth Abroad of a United States Citizen (DS-1350)
  4. Consular Report of Birth Abroad of a Citizen of the United States of America (FS-240) 
  5. Employment Authorization Document (I-766/EAD) 
  6. Transportation letter (I-797F)  

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