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COVID-19 Vaccination

We understand that many of our community members and patients are eager to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. We are pleased that so many of you are interested in being vaccinated, as we believe it will help to slow the spread of the virus and control the pandemic.

We are committed to vaccinating patients as quickly and efficiently as possible. However, the amount of vaccine currently available to us is very limited. We are closely following the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) criteria, which define the order in which people may be vaccinated.

With high demand and a limited supply of vaccine, it will take us some time to work through the process of getting people vaccinated. We ask for your patience in the coming weeks and months.

As additional supplies of the vaccine are received at Southwest General, we will offer more vaccination appointments. Details about scheduling a vaccine appointment with Southwest General will be shared in the link below: How do I register to receive the COVID-19 vaccine through Southwest General?

Because initial supplies of the COVID-19 vaccine are limited, the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) has developed a phased distribution plan for administering the vaccine.

Based on ODH’s Phase 1B guidelines, starting Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, specific sectors of the general public are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Southwest General is closely following these guidelines in vaccinating patients.

Learn about who is eligible to receive the vaccine under Phase 1B >>>

Southwest General will provide the COVID-19 vaccine by appointment only at designated vaccination clinics. The number of open appointments will be determined by the amount of vaccine available to us, which is currently very limited.

When scheduling appointments, we will follow guidelines from the Ohio Department of Health (ODH), which outline who is eligible to receive the vaccine and when.

Vaccination Clinic Information:

Southwest General has not been allocated any additional Phase 1B vaccine doses for the week of Jan. 25, 2021. Currently, we have not received notification of when we will receive additional doses for distribution. As this information becomes available and we are able to plan additional clinics, we will share updates here.

Please note:

  • Appointments are offered on a first-come, first-served basis
  • Due to limited supply of the vaccine, we cannot accept walk-ins or anyone who is not eligible based on the Ohio Department of Health’s Phase 1B guidelines from the ODH.
  • Southwest General Medical Group (SGMG) physicians will NOT be providing the vaccine in their offices.
  • Appointments cannot be made through the hospital’s Central Scheduling Department or SGMG physician offices.
  • For information on additional providers in Ohio offering COVID-19 vaccination, follow this link.

Please bring a valid form of identification showing your name and age as well as your insurance card.

All recipients receiving the vaccine will be monitored for 15 minutes after being vaccinated for immediate signs of allergic reactions.

The COVID-19 vaccination was developed to help protect individuals from getting COVID-19. You may have some side effects, which are normal signs that your body is building protection. These side effects should go away in a few days.

Common side effects include:

  • Pain or swelling at the site of injection
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Chills
  • Fever

Learn more about what to expect post-vaccination >>>

When and how will my second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine be scheduled?
For maximum effectiveness, it is important that you receive both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. When you receive your first dose, you will be given a form showing the date, time and location of your second dose.

Can I bring a caregiver to my appointment?
For patients who may need assistance, we ask that you bring only one caregiver with you to your appointment. This will help us with social distancing requirements at our vaccination clinics, as our goal is to keep everyone safe. Everyone attending the vaccination clinic must wear a mask.

Is there a charge for the COVID-19 vaccine?
Currently, there is no charge to patients for the COVID-19 vaccine. Your insurance may be billed a charge of $37 for the administration of the vaccination.

Do I still need to wear a mask after getting the COVID-19 vaccine?
Yes. Masks should still be worn, and you should follow proper social distancing and hand hygiene guidelines. While the vaccine will protect the receiver from becoming ill with COVID-19 symptoms, it is unknown if you can still be a carrier of the illness.

Additional Questions
We understand that you likely have many additional questions regarding the vaccine—is it safe? If I had COVID-19 should I still get vaccinated? To help answer these questions, and more, click here.

For information on other COVID-19 vaccination locations in Ohio, visit the Ohio Department of Health’s website at >>>