- Sickle cell anemia
- Down syndrome
- Cystic fibrosis
- Muscular dystrophy
- Cerebral palsy
- Spina bifida
- People born with severe heart defects, requiring regular specialized medical care
- People with severe type 1 diabetes, who have been hospitalized for this in the past year
- Phenylketonuria (PKU), Tay-Sachs, and other rare, inherited metabolic disorders
- Epilepsy with continuing seizures; hydrocephaly; microcephaly, and other severe neurological disorders
- Turner syndrome, fragile X syndrome, Prader-Willi syndrome, and other severe genetic disorders
- People with severe asthma, who have been hospitalized for this in the past year
- Alpha and beta thalassemia
- Solid organ transplant candidates and recipients.
Individuals with these qualifying conditions can be vaccinated by a provider of their choice who has enrolled in Ohio’s vaccination provider program and has been allocated vaccine.
Enrolled vaccination providers must ask vaccine recipients to confirm that they have one of the qualifying conditions, but recipients do not need to name the specific condition. The State of Ohio is not requiring additional documentation or proof of eligibility (providers may develop their own screening and monitoring procedures to evaluate eligibility, if desired).
Hospitals are being asked to proactively reach out to patients hospitalized in the past year for a qualifying condition to schedule these patients for vaccination. Physicians are asked to share this important information with their patients who have a qualifying medical condition so that they may get this potentially life-saving vaccine as desired.