Since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an emergency use for three COVID-19 vaccines for the prevention of COVID-19 in children and adults ages 12 years and older, the Pfizer vaccine has recently been approved by the FDA. To check eligibility and schedule a vaccine appointment in the state of Ohio visit: gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov. OHC is closely following the vaccine-related developments from state and federal agencies and we will share updated information about the vaccine as it becomes available.
For more information on the CDC recommendations, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/index.html.
Will OHC be providing their patients with the vaccine?
OHC will not be administering the vaccine at this time due to logistical constraints.
Where should I go to get the vaccine?
Information about vaccine availability may be found at gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov.
Should a cancer patient receive the vaccine?
The OHC cancer doctors believe it is important for everyone to receive the vaccine. However, they believe patients undergoing active cancer treatment should speak with their doctor first.
The CDC has given final approval to administer COVID vaccine booster shots to vulnerable patients.
OHC doctors recommend that OHC patients who have been vaccinated get the booster as soon as they are able. The booster vaccine can be received at least 28 days after completion of the initial vaccine series. These booster shots are for those who originally received the Pfizer and Moderna vaccine. At present, there is no release for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
The booster is intended for immunocompromised patients, however expected recommendation for the general public to receive a booster is on the horizon. Immunocompromised patients include:
- Anyone on active treatment for solid tumor and hematologic malignancies
- Recipients of solid organ transplant and those taking immunosuppressive therapy
- Recipients of CAR T-cell or hematopoietic stem cell transplant (specifically within two years of transplantation or taking immunosuppressive therapy)
- Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency
- Advanced or untreated HIV
- Active treatment with high dose corticosteroid (high dose is defined as at least 20mg of prednisone or the equivalent daily)
The booster vaccine recipient should receive the same vaccine product as their original when feasible. Some administering locations allow walk-in visits for these boosters, and others may require the patient to make an appointment. Patients will not need an order or proof of being immunocompromised.
OHC will provide updated booster vaccine on this site as it becomes available.
Are OHC doctors getting vaccinated?
Yes. All OHC doctors and advanced practice providers have received the vaccine.
Effective August 24, 2021, OHC is requiring all staff involved in patient facing care to be fully vaccinated by October 31, 2021.
If I refuse to get the vaccine, can I still be a patient at OHC?
Yes. If a patient decides not to get the vaccine, OHC will still care for them.
Will the COVID-19 safety precautions continue in the OHC office as more people are vaccinated?
Yes. OHC is committed to the safety of its patients and staff and will continue to implement all safety measures recommended by the CDC. All patients and family members will be required to follow those guidelines, regardless if they have had the vaccine or not.