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COVID-19 Vaccines 5/3 Update | May 4 Deadline for Independent Pharmacy Survey


OPA COVID-19 Vaccines Update and Important Survey

COVID-19 vaccine distribution continues to be available to all eligible individuals over age 16. All individuals from previous phases continue to be appropriate candidates for the vaccine as well.

Reminder: Vaccine Second Doses and Vaccine Wastage

ODH urges vaccinators to continue to be mindful of vaccine wastage. ODH has updated their guidance on Vaccine Wastage and COVID-19 Vaccine Second Doses. The newly updated information contains direction on:

  • Use of unused doses
  • Vaccinating individuals who are homebound
  • Proper disposal of expired or unusable vaccine
  • Second dose flexibility

If your site has more than 20 doses at risk of wastage, please call the ODH Provider Call Center at 1-844-963-4829 immediately to discuss options, including the transfer of vaccine to other enrolled providers.

Vaccine Allocation Survey for 5/10

The Governor’s office continues to facilitate allocation drives among independent pharmacy vaccinators. If you are contracted with the state as a vaccinator, please respond to the COVID-19 Vaccine Allocation Survey to share your allocation needs for the week of 5/10 to input your pharmacy’s responses. If your responses have not changed, you do not need to respond to the survey. You will be asked to respond to the following questions: 

  • Do you require a bi-weekly vaccine allocation due to a decrease in demand?
  • Are you interested in conducting employer vaccine clinics?
    • If you answered yes, how many vaccines will you need in the coming week (5/10)?

We will continue to send this update weekly to better facilitate allocation decisions.  Please respond to the survey by Tuesday, May 4, 2021.

    OPA is working diligently to facilitate communication between state decision-makers and member pharmacists. OPA has created multiple COVID-19 resources, including a COVID-19 Vaccine Information Webpage, COVID-19 Testing Hub, and COVID-19 Resources Webpage, on the OPA website www.ohiopharmacists.org under the Resources drop-down box. For further questions, please contact Myriam Shaw Ojeda, Fellow in Policy and Innovation, at [email protected].

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