Coronavirus and Vaccine Information
Council on Aging continues to work with community partners to help older adults get vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19.
Individuals who need assistance navigating online registration systems, finding vaccine providers, getting a ride to their vaccination appointment, or getting vaccinated in their home are encouraged to contact us: (513) 721-1025. Our call center is open Monday-Friday, 8am until 5pm.
We are doing our best to connect older adults to the latest information and resources regarding COVID-19. On this page, we have compiled relevant information and resources to provide the latest factual information about COVID-19.
COVID-19 and older adults
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), older adults are more likely to get very sick from COVID-19. Getting very sick means that older adults with COVID-19 might need hospitalization, intensive care, or a ventilator to help them breathe, or they might even die. People who have severe chronic medical conditions like heart, lung, or kidney disease, are also at higher risk for more serious COVID-19 illness. Chronic underlying health conditions, and age, increase the risk that the respiratory system or lungs will shut down when someone has COVID-19 disease.
According to the Ohio Department of Health, 93% of COVID-19 related deaths in Ohio are among people age 60+. According to recent hospital data for the southwestern Ohio region, adults age 65 and older make up the majority of hospital admissions due to COVID-19 (Ohio Hospital Association). Additionally, a recent analysis of COVID breakthrough hospitalizations conducted by Peterson-Kaiser Family Foundation found a strong correlation between age and breakthrough cases that result in hospitalization: 69 percent of breakthrough COVID-19 hospitalizations occurred in people age 65 and older. (Updated January 2022)
Booster shots are very important for older adults because the vaccine’s effectiveness at preventing serious illness lessens over time – especially in people age 65 and older.
Click here to read about CDC recommendations and extra precautions for older adults.
Click here to view a checklist for older Ohioans and people with chronic health conditions.
Transportation assistance for COVID-19 vaccine appointments
Older adults who need assistance getting to their vaccine or booster appointment can contact Council on Aging. Using COA's network of transportation providers, we can coordinate and provide appropriate transportation for older adults age 60 and older who are unable to get to a vaccination site.
- Vaccine providers that need to schedule transportation for patients - click here for more information
- Older adults who need transportation assistance to a scheduled vaccination appointment, call (855) 546-6352. If you are a Council on Aging client and need transportation assistance, please contact your care manager.
- 48-72 hours notice is required to schedule transportation. Same day appointments cannot be accommodated at this time.
Homebound? Get screened to have the vaccine administered at home
Individuals who feel they need to to be vaccinated in their homes can contact COA at (513) 721-1025 to be screened for eligibility. Click here for eligibility guidelines and full details.
COVID-19 vaccine and booster information
Vaccines that are proven safe and effective at preventing infection or severe illness from COVID-19 are now widely available in our community. In fact, it is recommended that most people who have already been vaccinated now receive a booster shot. Booster shots are important because the vaccine’s effectiveness at preventing serious illness lessens over time – especially in people age 65 and older.
The following booster schedule is recommended for adults age 65 and older, depending on the initial vaccine type:
- Pfizer: five months after completing the full series
- Moderna: six months after completing the full series
- Johnson and Johnson: two months after receiving the single-dose vaccination
Click here to search for a vaccine provider. If you need help finding a vaccine provider, scheduling an appointment, or getting a ride to your appointment, please call Council on Aging at (13) 721-1025. For general information about Ohio's COVID-19 vaccination program from the Ohio Department of Health, click here.
Questions about Ohio's COVID-19 Vaccination Program should be directed to the Ohio Department of Health's COVID-19 call center: 9 am-8 pm, 7 days a week at 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634).
Answers to questions about COVID-19 boosters (Public Health Communication Collaborative)
Full booster shot information from the CDC
Why should older adults get the COVID-19 booster shot? (msn.com)
Thinking about COVID booster shots? Here’s what to know (Harvard Health)
County Health Departments
Many county health departments offer COVID-19 vaccines and booster shots. Contact your local health department for more information.
Vaccine side effects
The most common side effects are very similar to the side effects seen with most vaccines, such as sore arms, fevers, and tiredness within 72 hours after the vaccine. These side effects usually mean that the vaccine is working to generate an immune response, indicating that the vaccine is working.
The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), is a national program managed by the CDC and FDA to monitor the safety of all vaccines licensed in the United States. VAERS collects and reviews reports of adverse events that occur after vaccination. An “adverse event” is any health problem or “side effect” that happens after a vaccination. VAERS cannot determine if a vaccine caused an adverse event, but can determine if further investigation is needed. This same system is being used to monitor side effects from all COVID-19 vaccines. Click here for more information about VAERS.
Click here for more information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding vaccine side effects.
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