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COVID-19 Vaccination

Many individuals in the communities we serve 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.

Based on guidance from the Ohio Department of Health, all Ohioans aged 16 and older are now eligible for certain COVID-19 vaccines.

Currently, Southwest General is receiving limited amounts of COVID-19 vaccine each week. As supplies are received, we are making vaccination appointments available to our communities following guidelines provided by the Ohio Department of Health.

If you would like to schedule a vaccination appointment with Southwest General, please select “How do I schedule a COVID-19 vaccination appointment?” from the dropdown menu below.

To find additional COVID-19 vaccine providers who may have open appointments, please visit The Ohio Department of Health’s Vaccine Management Solutions tool, which can help Ohioans determine vaccine eligibility, find providers, book an appointment and receive updates.

If you would like to schedule a COVID-19 vaccination appointment with Southwest General, please follow the steps below:

  1. Go to the Southwest General Vaccination Scheduling Page >>>
  2. Confirm that you are eligible to receive the vaccine by reviewing the current state requirements and, if meeting them, clicking “yes” and selecting “next.”
  3. Enter “SWG2021” when prompted for an invitation code.
  4. Select an appointment date and time, enter your contact information, and indicate your preferred method of contact for your appointment reminder.

PLEASE NOTE the following if scheduling for those 16 or 17 years of age:

  • Vaccination appointments for those aged 16 or 17 can be scheduled only when we have an available supply of the Pfizer vaccine, which is the vaccine the FDA has authorized for emergency use in this age group.
  • BEFORE scheduling an appointment for someone 16 or 17 years of age, please call our Central Scheduling Department at 440-816-8605 and select option 2 to verify that we have Pfizer vaccine available.
  • Those aged 16 or 17 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian, who will be asked to sign the vaccine consent form prior to vaccination.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

  • You must have an appointment to be vaccinated.
  • You will receive an appointment confirmation (please check the spam or junk folder of your personal email account, as we cannot dictate how the confirmation message will be handled).
  • You will receive an appointment reminder by email or text, depending on your preference.
  • If you receive care from a Southwest General Medical Group (SGMG) provider, your SGMG physician’s office is unable to schedule your vaccination. Instead, please use the link provided above.

Eligible individuals can receive the vaccine from the provider of their choice. To help locate additional vaccine providers who may have open appointments, please visit The Ohio Department of Health’s Vaccine Management Solutions tool, which can help Ohioans determine vaccine eligibility, find providers, book an appointment and receive updates.

Based on guidance from the Ohio Department of Health, all Ohioans aged 16 and older are now eligible for certain COVID-19 vaccines.

No vaccines have yet been authorized for children under the age of 16. For specific information on vaccination eligibility, see the Ohio Department of Health guidelines.

If you would like to schedule a vaccination appointment with Southwest General, select “How do I schedule a COVID-19 vaccination appointment?” in the dropdown menu above.

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.

The following resources are available to help find vaccine providers and schedule appointments:

  • The Ohio Department of Health’s Vaccine Management Solutions is a tool to help Ohioans determine vaccine eligibility, find providers, book an appointment and receive updates.

For additional information on COVID-19 vaccination, visit www.coronavirus.ohio.gov