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How to get the COVID-19 vaccine in Athens County

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COVID-19 Vaccines

Rachel Cooper, a nurse at O’Bleness and a Hocking College graduate, was the first health care worker to be vaccinated in Athens. Photo provided.

Editor's Note: This report has been periodically updated since its original January 2021 publication as vaccine distribution in Athens County has evolved. Most recent update: March 29, 2021.

As of Monday, March 29, anybody over age 16 in Ohio is eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Those eligible under 18 can only receive the Pfizer vaccine, while adults are able to receive all three that have received emergency authorization by the Food and Drug Administration, including Moderna and Johnson & Johnson.

Here’s all of the information we know about how you or a loved one can schedule a vaccination appointment in Athens County.

Where do I schedule an appointment?

There are many providers in Athens County carrying the vaccine. Below is a list of them all with additional details on how they’re managing distribution since each is independently responsible for scheduling and appointments. Residents can also use the state’s centralized scheduling website to sign up for appointments, but not all providers utilize the portal.

The Athens City-County Health Department

The Athens City-County Health Department, located 278 W. Union St. (740-592-4431), is administering vaccines in partnership with OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital at the new Ohio University Heritage College of Medicine building located 191 W. Union St. in Athens. Patients can sign up for an appointment on the state’s centralized scheduling website or call the number listed.

Shrivers Pharmacy

Shrivers Pharmacy and Wellness’ Athens and Nellsonville locations are combining their vaccine allocation and holding clinics each week at The Christ Community Wesleyan Church at 6275 Kenney Memorial Ln. in Albany.

Patients can register online to get their shot from Shrivers starting Sunday each week at 10 a.m. Once registered, patients should get a confirmation email with details regarding their appointment.

Hopewell Health Centers Athens

People looking to schedule an appointment at Hopewell Health Centers Athens, located at 90 Hospital Dr. (740-592-3091), can do so by calling the phone number listed to schedule an appointment or be placed on the waitlist. If placed on the waitlist, an employee will call back at a later date to schedule an appointment.

Hopewell also has locations in several neighboring counties that offer vaccine appointments.

Hopewell Health Centers Nelsonville

Those looking to schedule an appointment at Hopewell Health Centers Nelsonville, located at 1950 Mt. Saint Marys Dr. (740-797-2352), can do so by calling the phone number listed. If placed on the waitlist, an employee will call back at a later date to schedule an appointment.

Kroger

Kroger is offering vaccine appointments at locations all across southeast Ohio, including the Athens, Nelsonville and Trimble stores. Outside of Athens County, the New Lexington and Logan stores are also offering shots.

Appointments must be made online or by calling the grocery chain’s coronavirus line at 886-211-5320.

Fruth Pharmacy

Fruth Pharmacy, located 8972 United Ln. off State Route 50 in Athens (740-594-3092), is accepting sign-ups through the state’s centralized scheduling website. Residents without internet access can call the number listed for help scheduling an appointment.

Walmart

Residents can visit Walmart's website to schedule an appointment or call the Athens pharmacy (740-954-3628), located 929 E State St., to be placed on a waitlist.

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