ODH issues guidance on redistributing COVID-19 vaccine doses


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On January 15, 2021, the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) released COVID-19 Vaccine Redistribution Guidance for enrolled COVID-19 vaccine providers. 

The guidance allows enrolled COVID-19 vaccine providers to redistribute or transport vaccines in certain situations in order to avoid vaccine waste, ensure timely vaccine administration, or assist in emergency situations such as a power outage. 

COVID-19 vaccine providers should be mindful that:

  • Movement of the vaccine is not a recommended practice but is permitted between enrolled providers upon approval by ODH. 
  • Vaccines should not be moved outside of the county of the originating provider and cannot be moved outside of Ohio. 
  • ODH approval to move vaccines should be requested using the COVID-19 Vaccine Request of Movement Form.   
  • Upon approval, providers should use the COVID-19 Vaccine Record of Movement Form to track the transport and inventory transferred.
  • Providers must pack and move vaccines in accordance with manufacturer’s guidance.

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