COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Beginning February 15, patients with select underlying medical conditions, as defined by Ohio Department of Health guidelines, are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Nationwide Children's will not receive vaccine allocation at this time and therefore will not be vaccinating patients until further notice. Patients who meet the criteria are encouraged to contact their local health department, community pharmacy or other vaccine provider to schedule a vaccine appointment. A list of vaccine providers is available here: Coronavirus Vaccine | Ohio Department of Health. Please check this website regularly for updates.

Patients do not need to contact the hospital. The vaccine will not be available at the hospital’s primary care clinics, urgent care centers, emergency departments or on a “walk-in” basis.

A complete list of eligible medical conditions is available here from the Ohio Department of Health. 

Contacting Patients

Eligible patients will begin to be contacted by Nationwide Children’s to offer the opportunity to be vaccinated and schedule a vaccination appointment. Currently, due to the significant volume of calls and inquiries and the need to focus on patients with the most serious medical conditions, other patients inquiring about the vaccine will be referred to this webpage for more information.

One of the ways we will contact eligible patients for the COVID-19 vaccine is through their MyChart account. If you don’t have a MyChart account, click here to sign up.

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Vaccine Distribution

Vaccine production continues to ramp-up, but for now supplies remain limited and are being provided to the most at-risk frontline staff and patients as determined by the CDC and Ohio Department of Health. Eventually supplies will be sufficient for the vaccine to be more widely available and, after testing and FDA authorization, for all patients. The health and safety of our patients is always our top priority.  

Vaccine Cost

The COVID-19 vaccine will be administered to eligible Nationwide Children’s patients at no cost.

General Public Vaccination

Nationwide Children’s will soon start vaccinating the general public, starting with 18-25 year olds with certain medical conditions, as defined by Ohio Department of Health guidelines. Please continue to check this webpage for updates and information as it becomes available. 

Columbus Public Health COVID-19 Text Updates

Columbus and Worthington residents can get the latest information on COVID-19 vaccine availability for eligible groups from Columbus Public Health by texting “VaxCbus” to 888777. Learn more at

Vaccine Development Background

The unprecedented scientific cooperation, building on a decade of previous research, made possible the rapid development of the COVID-19 vaccines. Despite this shorter-than-normal development timeframe, all testing processes and standards remained the same and no approval shortcuts were taken or allowed. Vaccines have been authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as safe for use and Nationwide Children’s is administering them in large numbers to its own staff.

Patient Safety

Today, safety deserves even greater focus. If you’re planning a visit to any Nationwide Children’s facility, learn more about our safety measures.