COVID-19 Vaccine

Get the Facts About COVID-19 Vaccines

Vaccines that may prevent COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, are an important step toward stemming the worldwide pandemic. Find out about the authorized vaccines, how they work, possible side effects, the benefits of being vaccinated and the information we have about how the general public will get vaccinated.


Call Today to Schedule

Call 216-983-0012 to schedule a vaccine.
Monday - Friday: 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday: Closed

University Hospitals and COVID-19 Vaccines

University Hospitals is working to obtain as many doses of available vaccine as possible, and we are committed to providing vaccinations in accordance with guidance from the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC). UH has the equipment and expertise necessary to store, distribute and administer COVID-19 vaccines.

We currently are vaccinating people age 16 or older. Those who are ages 16-17 must bring to the vaccination appointment a printed and completed consent form signed by a parent or legal guardian.


Vaccination Information

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How To Get Vaccinated at University Hospitals


Call Today to Schedule

Call 216-983-0012 to schedule a vaccine.
Monday - Friday: 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday: Closed

You do not have to be a UH patient to receive COVID-19 vaccination at our Vaccine Clinic.

When you arrive at the vaccination clinic, you will be asked to fill out and sign a consent form. After receiving the vaccine, you will need to stay for 15 minutes for observation, and then will receive a card stating you have received the COVID-19 vaccine.

Please know you must have a scheduled appointment with us to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. We are unable at this time to vaccinate people on a drop-in basis.


I Received the Johnson & Johnson Vaccine. Should I Be Concerned?

The CDC and FDA have recommended a pause in the use of Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 vaccine after a rare and severe type of blood clot developed in six people who have received this vaccine. Nearly 7 million Johnson & Johnson vaccines have been given across the United States.

The CDC says not enough is known at this point whether the vaccine is related to or caused this health issue. The CDC and FDA recommend the vaccine not be given until more is known.

If you got the Johnson & Johnson vaccine more than three weeks, ago, know that your risk of developing a blood clot is very low.

If you got this vaccine within the last three weeks, your risk of developing a blood clot also is very low. However, be on the lookout for possible symptoms of a blood clot:

  • Severe headache
  • Blurred vision
  • Fainting
  • Seizures
  • Pain in your abdomen (chest or stomach)
  • Leg pain or swelling
  • Shortness of breath

Get medical care right away if you have any of these symptoms and got the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine within the last few weeks. If you have any questions at all, call your health care provider.


I’ve Been Fully Vaccinated. Now What?

People who have been fully vaccinated can add back some activities that were stopped because of the pandemic. Other habits will need to be maintained for now to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

What does it mean to be fully vaccinated?

You’re fully vaccinated:

  • Two weeks after your second dose of a two-dose vaccine, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
  • Two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as the Johnson & Johnson vaccine

Until the time that you are fully vaccinated, continue with these precautions:

  • Wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth
  • Stay six feet away from others who don’t live with you
  • Avoid crowds and poorly ventilated indoor spaces
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or use hand sanitizer
What Can I Do After Being Vaccinated? What Can’t I Do?
You Can: You Should Not:
Visit inside a home or private setting without a mask with other fully vaccinated people of any age. Visit indoors, without a mask, with people at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
Visit inside a home or private setting without a mask with one household of unvaccinated people who are not at risk for severe illness. Attend medium-sized or large gatherings.
Travel domestically without a pre- or post-travel test and without quarantining after travel.  
Travel internationally without a pre-travel test, depending on destination and without quarantining after travel.  

In addition, if you’ve been fully vaccinated but then are around someone who has COVID-19, you do not need to stay away from others or get tested unless you have symptoms.

Continue to watch for symptoms of COVID-19. If you develop symptoms, get tested and stay home and away from others.

You also will still need to follow guidance at your workplace.

For Ashtabula County Residents

If you live in the 44030 zip code

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UH is collaborating with the Conneaut City Health Department to administer COVID-19 vaccines to Conneaut residents. To schedule: Call the Conneaut Health Department at 440-593-3087 or register on the city website.
Location: Station 3 Fire Department, 392 Middle Road, Conneaut, OH 44030

Residents of the remainder of Ashtabula County

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We have not been given information on vaccine availability for the rest of Ashtabula County, but below is information on how to sign up:

Ashtabula County Health Department – Call to register: 440-576-3023
Ashtabula City Health Department – COVID 19 Vaccination Hotline: 440-992-7188


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COVID-19 Vaccine Safety

Clinical leaders at University Hospitals believe that these vaccines, which were thoroughly vetted by the FDA, are recommended for the protection of each individual and the community against COVID-19.

The COVID-19 vaccines were studied in clinical trials for safety and efficacy according to rigorous standards set by the FDA before being made available for public use. Study protocols and results are available to the public to ensure transparency.

What You Need To Know About the COVID-19 Vaccines

Is One Vaccine Better Than Another?

In clinical trials, all authorized vaccines have been shown to be highly effective in preventing severe illness, hospitalization and death from COVID-19.

It’s difficult to directly compare the vaccines, in large part because their efficacy was measured at different times and in different ways.

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine clinical trial occurred when new coronavirus variants emerged because of changes to the virus. Some variants have been shown to be more contagious, and in some cases are associated with more severe disease and death. The Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccine clinical trials were concluded before variants were widely tracked.

They measured if the vaccine stops you from getting sick with COVID-19, if it stops you from getting very sick or severely ill, if it prevents hospitalizations from severe COVID-19 infection, and if it stops you from dying from COVID-19.

According to the clinical trial data, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine significantly decreases the risk of severe COVID-19 (by 86 percent) and death from COVID-19 (by 100 percent). Similarly, in clinical trials, the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines have been shown to be highly effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalization and death from COVID-19.

Should I Still Get Vaccinated If…

I’m Pregnant or Breastfeeding?

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Pregnant and breastfeeding women may receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Please discuss the risks and benefits of receiving the vaccine with your health care provider. Learn more about pregnancy, breastfeeding and the COVID-19 vaccine.

I’m Immunocompromised?

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People who are immunocompromised are not excluded from receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. Please consult your health care provider if you have questions about whether you should receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

I’m Allergic to Vaccine Components?

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According to the Pfizer BioNTech EUA Fact Sheet or the Moderna EUA Fact Sheet both vaccines are contraindicated in people who are severely allergic (anaphylactic) to any vaccine components. Please consult your health care provider if you have questions about whether you should receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

I’m Younger Than Age 16?

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The vaccine has not been approved for children. Pfizer BioNTech vaccine is authorized for people age 16 and older. The Moderna vaccine is authorized for use in people age 18 and older.

I’ve Already Had COVID?

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COVID-19 vaccine is available to those who were previously diagnosed with the virus. If you have tested positive within the last 90 days, you may need to wait to receive the vaccine. Please discuss whether you should have the vaccine with your health care provider.

I’m in Cancer Treatment?

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People with cancer can get a COVID-19 vaccine as long as they have not had a severe allergic reaction to any of the ingredients in the vaccine. If you have an allergic reaction to any cancer treatment, talk with your cancer doctor (oncologist) before getting vaccinated. Also, be sure to talk with your oncologist if you are in treatment about the timing of when you get the vaccine. There is no data to suggest the vaccine should affect your cancer treatment; however, some cancer treatments may affect how well the vaccine works. Your doctor may suggest you get the vaccine between cancer treatments to help it work best and reduce risks. You can learn more on the CDC’s website at cdc.gov/COVID-19. Learn more about cancer patients and COVID-19.

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