Summit County Public Health switches to lottery system for COVID-19 vaccines

Alonzo Osche

After overwhelming demand and scheduling frustrations, Summit County Public Health is switching to a lottery system to determine who gets COVID-19 vaccines through the health department. The health department said the lottery system, which will start Monday, March 1, will pull a computer-generated random sample from its vaccine registry. Those selected will […]

After overwhelming demand and scheduling frustrations, Summit County Public Health is switching to a lottery system to determine who gets COVID-19 vaccines through the health department.

The health department said the lottery system, which will start Monday, March 1, will pull a computer-generated random sample from its vaccine registry. Those selected will receive instructions on how to schedule an appointment.

People don’t need to re-register in the system to be considered for the lottery. Those who haven’t registered can do so at scph.org/covid/vaccine.

The health department said that currently, those included the state’s Phase 1B — those 65 and older and those with specific medical conditions that put them at higher risk for complications from COVID-19 — will be considered for the lottery. Anyone can use the link to sign up, and, once eligible, they will be included in the lottery, the health department said.

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