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As a new strain of coronavirus (COVID-19) swept through the world in 2020, preparedness plans, masking policies and more public policy changed just as quickly. WVXU has covered the pandemic's impact on the Tri-State from the very beginning, when on March 3, 2020, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine barred spectators from attending the Arnold Sports Festival in Columbus over concerns about the virus, even though Ohio had yet to confirm a single case of COVID-19.

Answering Your Questions About Signing Up For The COVID-19 Vaccine

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Mary Altaffer
A senior citizen gives the thumbs up as he leaves a New York State COVID-19 vaccination site at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center after receiving his first dose, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, in New York.

Across the nation older adults are starting to get the COVID-19 vaccine. But many have experienced confusion about how to sign up and where to get inoculated. Nearly 9.5 million seniors, or 16.5%, lack internet access and that has complicated the process of signing up for the vaccine online.

Local health departments and senior service agencies are working to assist older adults and get the word out about registration for the vaccine.

In Ohio and Kentucky adults 70 and older can now get the COVID-19 vaccine. In Kentucky you can find available locations to register for the vaccine by region on the state's website. You can also register for appointments on the Northern Kentucky Health Department's website you can also call 859-363-2120. In Ohio you can search for a provider on the state's website.

For older adults who lack internet access or need help registering, the Council on Aging of Southwestern Ohio can be reached at 513-721-1025. The Northern Kentucky Area Development District has an Aging and Disability Center available to answer questions on the vaccine at 859-692-2480. The Health Collaborative has also set up a website and hotline to call at 211. The number reaches operators at the United Way.

To register for the vaccination clinic in Highland County, call 1-866-395-1588.

In Clinton County, you can call Clinton Memorial at 937-382-9610, the Blanchester Kroger at 866-211-5320, or Health Source at 937-444-8009.

In Adams County, contact the Adams County Regional Medical Center for a vaccine appointment at 937-386-3015 or the health department at 937-544-5547.

Joining Cincinnati Edition to discuss getting the vaccine to older adults and answering questions about how to register are Northern Kentucky Health Department District Director of Health Lynne Saddler, MD; Hamilton County Public Health Commissioner Greg Kesterman; and Council on Aging of Southwestern Ohio Program Operations Vice President Ken Wilson.

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Michael Monks brings a broad range of experience to WVXU-FM as the host of Cincinnati Edition, Cincinnati Public Radio's weekday news and information talk show.