The Ohio Department of Health has identified 10 sites across the state that will receive the pre-positioned vaccine after a COVID-19 vaccine is given emergency-use authorization. Once the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices issues its recommendation on how to use the vaccine, these sites will begin administering the vaccine immediately to those who choose to receive it and are identified as able to receive it in the first stage.

Ohio will first vaccinate those who are most at risk, including those who work in long-term care facilities, nursing homes, and other congregate-care facilities, high-risk health care workers, and first responders.  

The ten pre-positioned sites were selected based on geography, population, and access to ultra-cold storage capacity. Other sites will begin receiving shipments of vaccine following final approval, potentially just days after the pre-positioned sites begin administering the vaccine.  

Ohio Vaccine Pre-Positioning Locations

Here are the highlights of Ohio’s draft COVID-19 immunization plan. You can read the complete draft: ODH Draft COVID-19 Plan that was released on October 28.

Under the draft, Ohio would implement a 4-phase approach to distributing the COVID-19 vaccine once its available.

A summary of the phases are as follows:

Phase 1 – High-risk healthcare workers, first responders, seniors living in congregate settings (i.e. nursing homes)

Phase 2 – Public health workers, teachers and school employees, homeless individuals, prison workers and inmates, persons with mental health in group homes or institutions, and individuals with a medical condition putting them at greater risk of mortality due to COVID-19

Phase 3 – Students, young adults, children, and individuals in high risk occupations

Phase 4 – Universal availability


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