COVID-19 vaccine registration, notification streamlined in Wayne County
WOOSTER The United Way of Wayne and Holmes Counties will assist the Wayne County Health Department with the overwhelming response from residents who are 65 and older wanting to verify registration.
Those who are 65 and older and would like to verify that they are registered to receive the vaccine may call the WHIRE helpline at 330-263-6363 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
“We are appreciative of the United Way of Wayne Holmes in helping us with this portion of the response. It makes sense since they are assisting our elderly to register, that they also can be a place where those elderly
can verify their registration,” Nick Cascarelli, Wayne County Health Commissioner, stated in a news release.
“We are happy to help the community in this way. We know it can be very frustrating for some, but we are here to help you” says Katie Koglman, executive director of UWWH. “We will get through this together.”
Residents who registered through the Wayne County Health Department’s website will be notified by phone regarding the location, date and time of their vaccination appointment. Residents are asked to register only once to minimize duplication.
Wooster Community Hospital and Aultman Orrville Hospital are receiving facilities to register for the COVID-19 vaccine through this registration process as well. Residents should keep in mind that the Wayne County Health Department does not maintain registration and scheduling for Marc’s Pharmacy and Discount Drug Mart in Wooster, who are also providers at this time for the phase 1B.
Appointments are scheduled based on age group as determined by the state and are arranged by the date and time the registration was made. Also, if residents already received their first dose, they will receive a second dose within 30 days to ensure efficacy of the vaccine.
“We are being as equitable as we possibly can with the limited vaccine supply and appreciate everyone’s patience,” Cascarelli added.
Vaccine supply is still very limited. There are currently over 14,000 residents registered in the Wayne County Health Department list. Vaccine delivery for the county has been low. During Feb. 1-5, the county only received 500 doses which were distributed equally among the five local vaccine providers.
What is the 5th vaccine provider? I read Discount Drug Mart, Marc’s (who you can only get vaccination in Canton last week and Solon this week – or so that’s how I read the website) Aultman Hospital and Wooster Hospital. Does the Health Dept give the shots also? Understand the registration and eligibility but shouldn’t ALL 80 and over, then 75 and over etc get the shots before the next eligible group? You’re gonna have younger ones get shots before those 80 and above.