COVID-19 Community Update

December 2, 2021 COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Booster Eligibility Restrictions Update!

Heart of Ohio Family Health (HOFH) offers COVID-19 booster shots at HOFH at Capital Park (Tuesday, Wednesday, and Fridays), HOFH at Whitehall-Yearling High School (Thursdays) and HOFH at Canal Winchester (Mondays) locations.
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To be eligible for the booster vaccine:

For individuals who received a Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, the following groups are eligible for a booster shot after their initial series:

• 18 years and older

• Were given a Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine 6 months ago

• Were given a Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine at least 2 months ago

October 28, 2021 COVID-19 Update

Starting Thursday, October 28, Heart of Ohio Family Health will begin administering Moderna COVID-19 booster shots for patients.

To be eligible for the booster vaccine:

– Were given a Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine at least 2 months ago

– Were given a Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine 6 months ago AND are:

    • 65 years of age and older
    • 18 through 64 years of age with a job where they are exposed to people (most jobs except purely work from home jobs)
    • 18 through 64 years of age at high risk of severe COVID-19, regardless of job
    • Pregnant

– Or suffer from:

  • Cancer
  • Kidney disease
  • Liver disease
  • Lung disease (asthma, COPD, cystic fibrosis, dementia, diabetes, down syndrome,
  • Heart conditions (includes high blood pressure now)
  • HIV
  • Compromised immune system
  • Mental health problems
  • Overweight/obesity
  • Sickle cell
  • Smoking, current or former
  • Substance use disorder

COVID-19 vaccinations are now available at Heart of Ohio Family Health at our Capital Park, Whitehall and Whitehall-Yearling High School locations. We currently offer the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine (a series of two doses administered 28 days apart) and the J&J COVID-19 vaccine (one dose).

May 18, 2021 COVID-19 Update

Governor Mike DeWine announced the Ohio Vax-a-Million campaign on May 13 in an effort to increase awareness of the availability and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines and provide incentives to Ohioans to get a COVID-19 vaccination.

Here are the criterias:

  1. 12 to 17 years of age – Ohioans 12 to 17 years of age, who have received at least their first dose of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination, may enter for a chance to win one of five, four-year full-ride scholarships, including room-and-board, tuition, and books, to any Ohio state college or university.
  2. 18 years of age and older – Ohioans 18 years of age and older, who have received at least their first COVID-19 vaccination if receiving the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or one dose if receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, have a chance to win one of five $1 million prizes.

How to enter:

  1. Visit www.OhioVaxAMillion.com
  2. Call the Ohio Department of Health Call Center at 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634), opened seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

May 12, 2021 COVID-19 Update

As of April 23, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has lifted the recommended pause on Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) COVID-19 vaccine following a thorough safety review.

Heart of Ohio Family Health will continue to serve our community with the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine and the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. We have opened our new registration portal, Unity, to bring our patients a better, faster vaccine registration experience.

To schedule your vaccination, please use our new registration portal.

To learn more about our COVID-19 vaccination services, see our COVID-19 services page.

April 1, 2021 COVID-19 Update

Heart of Ohio Family Health (HOFH) has been selected amongst 21Ohio Federally Qualified

Health Centers (FQHC) to participate in Phase 2 of the Health Center COVID-19 Vaccine Program.

We will continue to follow state priority guidelines in administering the vaccine and be required to store, handle and administer vaccinations according to stated requirements. As of

April 1, HOFH is administering vaccinations to 18+ with the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.

As a FQHC, HOFH does not turn any patient away, regardless of their ability to pay. Anyone can make a vaccination appointment at HOFH by calling 614-235-5555.

To learn more about our COVID-19 vaccination services, see our COVID-19 services page.

March 17, 2021 COVID-19 Update

Per the State of Ohio’s Vaccination Plan, Phase 2C and 1E will begin Friday, March 19. Heart of Ohio Family Health will follow accordingly to vaccinate Ohioans age 40 and up and those with chronic illnesses. Phase 2D includes Ohioans ages 16 and up to be vaccinated beginning Monday, March 29.

Our Community Health Workers are actively reaching out to already established patients under these phases to tell them the news.

We are accepting appointments for COVID-19 vaccinations. To make an appointment, call (614) 235-5555.

March 10, 2021 COVID-19 Update

Heart of Ohio Family Health will be providing the Moderna COVID-19 vaccinations this Saturday, March 13 from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at our Whitehall location (882 S Hamilton Rd).

We will be following the eligibility guidelines set upon by Governor DeWine’s office. As of March 06, 2021, Governor DeWine has released the next phases of Ohio’s Vaccination Program: 1D and 2B. Phase 1D includes individuals with Type 2 diabetes and end-stage renal disease (chronic kidney disease). Phase 2B will begin vaccinated 50 years or older.

To make an appointment, call (614) 235-5555. Walk-ins are available.

March 08, 2021 COVID-19 Update

Heart of Ohio Family Health is currently scheduling patients for the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine per Governor DeWine’s Phase 1A, 1B, and now 1C Vaccine Distribution Schedule as of March 4, 2021.

Phase 1C includes approximately 246,000 eligible Ohioans with certain occupations and with certain medical conditions not addressed in previous phases. For information about who is eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, click see the vaccination program from Ohio Department of Health.

To schedule your appointment for the COVID-19 vaccine, please call 614-235-5555. There are no out-of-pocket costs to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.


Dr. Buhari Mohammed, Dr. William Washington and Dr. Sue Leatherman talk about the benefits and importance of getting vaccinated.

HIV Coordinator and Community Health Worker Kawther Musa shares her reasoning behind the decision to receive the vaccine (video in Somali).

January 21, 2021 COVID-19 Update

Receiving the COVID-19 vaccine is vital in preventing COVID-19. Heart of Ohio Family Health members received the first dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccination this month. The Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine is administered as a two-dose series, 28-days apart.

HOFH understands that there are concerns about the COVID-19 vaccine since it is a recently developed vaccine, however, the U.S. vaccine safety system ensures that all vaccines are as safe as possible. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the COVID-19 vaccine is effective in helping our bodies develop immunity (resistance) to the virus that causes COVID-19. In order to lessen worries about the vaccine, seek out accurate information from trusted sources, such as the CDC or health department, The Ohio Department of Health.

Common Questions about the COVID-19 Vaccine

Are COVID-19 vaccinations safe?

Yes, The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and independent medical experts (such as Pfizer and Moderna) have thoroughly evaluated the COVID-19 vaccines. The vaccinations are safe and effective.

Is it mandatory to take the COVID-19 vaccine?

According to The Ohio Department of Health, the vaccine is not mandatory. It will be available to all Ohioans who choose to receive it.

When will I get my COVID-19 vaccination?

Ohio’s Vaccination Program is broken down into phases and by age groups.

As of January 19, we have officially begun Phase 1B, where vaccination will be offered to people who are eligible for the vaccine under this phase, starting with Ohioans 80 years of age or older. Heart of Ohio Family Health will be following this protocol.

To see when your age group will be available for the vaccination, be sure to check out the start dates on The Ohio Department of Health.

COVID-19 Vaccination Resources

Benefits of Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine (CDC)

Ensuring Safety of Vaccines (CDC)

Different Vaccines (CDC)

Myths vs. Facts of COVID-19 Vaccine (The Ohio Department of Health)