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COVID Vaccine –  Must Pre-Register for Vaccine

Nationwide Tool for Locating COVID Vaccine:

Ohio COVID Vaccine Eligibility & Locator Tools:



Who is eligible to receive the vaccine?

Ohioans who meet the following requirements:

  • Week, Jan. 19: 80 years and older may receive the vaccine.
  • Week of Jan. 25: 75 years and older, and those with severe congenital or developmental disorders.
  • Week of Feb. 1: Age 70 and older and employees of K-12 schools.
  • Week of Feb. 8: Age 65 and older.
  • Week of Feb. 15: Ohioans with specific medical conditions (see Factsheet)
  • Thursday, March 4: Age 60 and older, and occupations: child care services, law enforcement, funeral services and corrections.
  • Thursday, March 11: Age 50 and older.
  • Friday, March 19: Age 40 and older.
  • Monday, March 29: Age 16 and older.
  • Wednesday, May 12: Age 12-15 (Pfizer vaccine only).
  • Wednesday, November 3: Age 5-11 (Pfizer-BioNTech pediatric COVID-19 Vaccine)

(source: Ohio Dept. of Health & Factsheet, Mahoning WFMJ & WKBN, Columbiana WFMJ & WKBN, Trumbull WFMJWKBN)

Who is eligible to receive a COVID Vaccine booster?

Ohioans who meet the following requirements:

Anyone age 18 or older and at least six months after your second Pfizer or Moderna dose.

Anyone age 18 or older who received a Johnson & Johnson vaccine can get a second booster dose at least two months following the initial dose.

(source:, CDC and FDA)

Timeline of Booster eligibility announcements:

For additional questions about the COVID-19 Vaccines, see:

COVID Testing Locations 
Call your doctor, check with your local urgent care, or try your local pharmacy.  Here are links to COVID-19 testing location databases and pharmacy online testing sites:

Free at-home COVID-19 Tests (website)
Starting January 19, every home in the U.S. can order four free at-home COVID-19 tests. The tests are completely free. There are no shipping costs and you don’t need to enter a credit card number.

COVID-19 Ohio (website)
Official Ohio Dept. of Health website dedicated to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) health crisis. (website)
Official U.S. website devoted to providing current, accurate COVID-19 information.

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) (website)
Find here links from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine to helpful information about COVID-19 (also known as the Coronavirus). For printables, check out Free Printable Posters and Resources Related to COVID-19 for Libraries and their Patrons

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Fact Sheet (website)
Hesperian has created this helpful fact sheet, not only in English, but find additional language versions available as well.

COVID-19 Coronavirus Scams (website)
Official FTC website devoted to helping consumers avoid COVID-19 (Coronavirus) scams.

COVID-19 Consumer Warnings & Tips (website)
Official FCC website devoted to alerting consumers to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) scams.

Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Pandemic (website)
Official website from the World Health Organization devoted to the current worldwide health crisis.


Alt HealthWatch (EBSCO)
This alternative health database provides full text about complementary and alternative medicine dating back to 1990.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (website)
Official website to the CDC.

Cochrane Library
The Cochrane Library is a collection of databases that contain different types of high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making. These databases include the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (CDSR), Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL), and Cochrane Clinical Answers (CCA).

Consumer Health Complete (EBSCO)
Find here full text journals, magazines, and reference books dealing with health, wellness, fitness, and nutrition – coverage includes a focus on the complementary, holistic and integrated approaches to health and wellness. (website)
Features physician-reviewed patient education materials, that includes care for the physical, mental, and emotional health of the whole family from newborns to older adults.

Food and Nutrition Information Center (website)
The Food and Nutrition Information Center (FNIC) at the National Agricultural Library (NAL) provides a directory to credible, accurate, and practical resources for consumers, nutrition and health professionals, educators and government personnel.

Gale eBooks (formerly Gale Virtual Reference Library) (Gale)
This database includes medical reference books under the topic of Medicine.

Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center (website)
GARD Information Specialists can provide you with current, reliable, and easy to understand information about rare or genetic diseases in English or Spanish.

Genetics (website)
Formerly Genetics Home Reference, it is now part of Medline Plus. Find here a consumer-friendly site for information about genetic conditions, and the genes or chromosomes associated with those conditions.

Health and Aging (website)
From the National Institute on Aging, here you will find reliable, easy to understand health information on a wide vareity of topics related to aging.

Health Reference Series Online (Omnigraphics)
Online access to all print Omnigraphics health-related titles owned by the library.

Health Source: Consumer Edition (EBSCO)
This is the richest collection of consumer health information available to libraries worldwide, providing information on many health topics including the medical sciences, food sciences and nutrition, childcare, sports medicine and general health.

Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition (EBSCO)
Features the Lexi-PAL Drug Guide, which covers 1,300 generic drug patient education sheets with more than 4,700 brand names and includes scholarly full text journals focusing on many medical disciplines.

Hoopla (Midwest Tape)
Find health-related Audiobooks, eBooks, and Movies by browsing the Health & Fitness category.

KidsHealth (website)
Easy-to-read and understand health information for children and teens.

MEDLINE provides authoritative medical information on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, pre-clinical sciences, and much more.

MEDLINE Plus (website)
Produced by the National Library of Medicine, it brings you information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in language you can understand.

Merck Manual Consumer Version (website)
Find information on medical topics, symptoms, drugs, procedures, news and more, written in everyday language.

Merck Manual Professional Version (website)
Find information on medical topics, symptoms, drugs, procedures, news and more, written for the health care professional.

MyHealthFinder (website)
Easy-to-read, reliable, and evidence-based health information.

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (website)
Science-based research information on alternative and complementary medicine.

National Human Genome Research Institute (website)
Under the NHGRI website ‘Health’ section, you will find information about genetic disorders and health conditions, the basics of genomic science, tools to put together family health history, online resources, and more.

Ohio Department of Health (website)
Official website for health information in Ohio.

Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection (EBSCO)
Full-text coverage of topics such as emotional and behavioral characteristics, psychiatry & psychology, mental processes, anthropology, and observational and experimental methods.

Salem Online
Provides online, searchable access to the full text of a variety of Grey House, H.W. Wilson, and Salem Press titles owned by the Library, in the following subjects: Health, History, Literature, and Science.

World Health Organization (website)
Official website to WHO, the World Health Organization.

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Foreign Language & Multicultural Health Resources

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Fact Sheet (website)
Hesperian has created this helpful fact sheet, not only in English, but find additional language versions available as well.

Consumer Health Information in Many Languages (website)
From the National Network of Libraris of Medicine, here you will find consumer health resources with items in multiple languages and resources for specific languages, including American Sign Language.

EthnoMed (website)
EthnoMed is Harborview Medical Center’s ethnic medicine website containing medical and cultural information about immigrant and refugee groups. Users can browse by health topic or by language.

Health Information Translations (website)
A collaboration of Ohio organizations has created this website which provides plain language health education resources for health care professionals and others working in communities with limited English proficient populations.

Medline Plus: Health Information in Multiple Languages (website)
From the National Library of Medicine, MedlinePlus covers over 1,000 health topics.  Users can search by language or by health topic.

National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities-Health Information in Multiple Languages (website) 
Links to health resources in multiple languages from across National Institutes of Health for selected priority health areas.

Selected Patient Information Resources in Asian Languages (SPIRAL) (website)
As the title describes, the sites provides various health resources in nine different Asian languages. Users can navigate by language or by health topic.

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American Psychiatric Association
Information for patients and families on common mental disorders and more.

American Psychological Association
The Psychology Help Center is a consumer resource featuring information related to psychological issues affecting your daily physical and emotional well-being.

Provides one-stop access to U.S. government mental health and mental health problems information. “Let’s talk about it.”

Mental Health America
The nation’s leading community-based nonprofit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness and promoting the overall mental health of all Americans.

National Alliance on Mental Illness
The nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.

National Institute of Mental Health
The lead federal agency for research on mental disorders. “Transforming the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses.”

MedlinePlus: Mental Health
Easy to understand information about mental health disorders. Mental Health
Helpful information from the CDC regarding mental health.

SAMHSA: Helplines and Treatment
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration links to helplines and treatment locators.

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SUBSTANCE MISUSE DISORDER COVID -19, Substance Abuse, and Addiction Treatment in the United States (website)
A resource page which provides comprehensive information about COVID-19’s impact on substance abuse and addiction treatment in the United States. It also offers guidance on how to find help with substance abuse disorder during the pandemic.

NIDA: COVID-19 Resources (website)
COVID-19 pandemic presents unique challenges for people with substance use disorders and in recovery. (website)
1-800-662-HELP (4357) SAMHSA’s National Helpline is a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders.

AA (website)
Alcoholics Anonymous official website.

NA (website)
Narcotics Anonymous official website. (website)
An “informational web guide … created to help those struggling with alcohol use disorders (AUD), substance use disorders (SUD), and/or co-occurring mental health disorders find treatment for their addiction.” (website)
Patient Resources from the American Society of Addiction Medicine. Understanding Drug Use & Addiction (website)
Find here helpful information and links about substance misuse from the National Institute on Drug Abuse

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Need to identify a pill, try the Pill Identifier tools from these websites:

AHFS Consumer Medication Information (EBSCO)
A trusted source and recognized standard for patient drug information, published by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, AHFS [American Hospital Formulary Service] includes more than a thousand drug information monographs written in lay language for consumers.

DailyMed (website)
From the U.S. National Library of Medicine, this site provides the FDA drug label (package insert) for all marketed drugs in the United States.

Drug Information Portal (website)
A gateway to selected drug information from the U.S. National Library of Medicine and other key U.S. Government agencies.

Drugs, Herbs and Supplements (website)
From Medline Plus, learn about your prescription drugs and over-the-counter medicines. Includes side effects, dosage, special precautions, and more.

Dietary Supplement Label Database (website)
This database offers information about ingredients in more than two thousand selected brands of dietary supplements.

Office of Dietary Supplements (website)
This web site includes information on dietary supplement use and safety, nutrient recommendation reports and tables and vitamin supplements.

About Herbs (website)
This Web site for consumers and healthcare professionals provides objective information and a clinical summary for each agent and details about constituents, adverse effects, interactions, and potential benefits or problems.

Information for Consumers on Using Dietary Supplements (website)
Here the FDA provides resources and important information for you and your family about dietary supplements.

MedWatch (website)
MedWatch, the FDA Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program, provides important and timely clinical information about safety issues involving medical products, including special nutritional products (e.g., medical foods, dietary supplements and infant formulas).

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AHHA Referrals (website)
The American Holistic Health Association provides directories of referrals to Holistic Practitioners, Healing Centers, and other Alternative/Complementary Medical specializations.

DoctorFinder (website)
From the AMA, DoctorFinder provides you with basic professional information on virtually every licensed physician in the United States.

Find-A-Dentist (website)
From the American Dental Association (ADA), you can locate dentists anywhere in the United States.

Reference Solutions (ReferenceUSA) (Data Axle)
Search U.S. Healthcare to locate doctors and dentists, among the information provided are gender, age, and medical school attended.

State Medical Board of Ohio (website)
From here, under “For the Public,” find such links as: Licensee Look-up, File a Complaint, and Public Records Request.

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Health Care Providers & Facilities (website)
Find here links to many authoritative, trustworthy resources to rate &/or compare health care providers and facilities.

Healthgrades (website)
We provide consumers with the information they need to make more informed decisions, including information about the provider’s experience, patient satisfaction and hospital quality.

Leapfrog (website)
We provide information on healthcare quality and safety so that you can compare hospitals. Hospital Compare (website)
This is a consumer-oriented website that provides information on how well hospitals provide recommended care to their patients.

QualityCheck (website)
The Joint Commission accredits and certifies health care organizations and programs in the U.S. Our Gold Seal is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to patient safety and quality.

U.S. News & World Report: Best Hospitals (website)
Link to the annually updated review of hospitals provided by U.S. News & World Report.

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Nursing Home Compare (website)
Nursing Home Compare has detailed information about every Medicare- and Medicaid- certified nursing home in the country.

National Institute on Aging: Choosing a Nursing Home (website)
Helpful information about how to choose a nursing home.

Ohio Long-Term Care Consumer Guide (website)
Helpful website to locate and compare long term care options in Ohio.

U.S. News & World Report: Best Nursing Homes (website)
Link to the annually updated review of nursing homes provided by U.S. News & World Report.

Your Guide to Choosing a Nursing Home or Other Long-Term Services & Supports (website)
A thorough brochure to learn about all your options.

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ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (website)
For emergencies, Call 1-888-426-4435

American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) (website)
Find here a locator for animal hospitals, plus helpful pet care guidelines and  informative brochures on many pet health concerns.

American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) (website)
Find great Pet Care information here. Check out the Emergency Care links for first aid tips and more.

CDC Healthy Pets, Healthy People (website)
Pet health information from the Centers for Disease Control.

Ohio Veterinary Medical Association (website)
The OVMA has a Find-A-Veterinarian directory and lots of pet care resources for the public.

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Crisis Text Line (website)
Text “4HOPE” to 741 741.  Every texter is connected with a Crisis Counselor, a real-life human being trained to bring texters from a hot moment to a cool calm through active listening and collaborative problem solving.

Help Network of Northeast Ohio (website)
Call 2-1-1 .  Every called is connected with a highly trained service professional in our area.  The 211 Database, linked here, is a comprehensive, up-to-date database of local health and social services.  Individuals can access the database, free of charge, to locate resources.

Drug & Alcohol Abuse Hotlines (website)
From, this provides links to a variety of hotlines and what to expect when calling them.

National Hotlines (website)
From, find even more helpful national hotlines here.

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Health & Medicine Classes & Careers

Learning Express Library (from Ohio Means Jobs website)
Under Career Test Prep, you will find many health career practice tests. (website)
Find here career information, testing guides, career advancement guides, education information, and more-all about nursing.

Ultimate Medical Academy Resume Guide (website)
This guide provides detailed information to help people create resumes to be hired in the healthcare field.

Universal Class
With your PLYMC Library Card, you have access to FREE instructor-led online courses on many subjects, including Health & Medicine!

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Don’t Forget:
While libraries and librarians provide access to medical information, librarians are not medical professionals and cannot provide medical advice. This information is intended to provide a broad overview of health care topics; and should not be used in place of a visit, call, consultation or advice of your physician or other health care provider. The Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County does not recommend the self-management of health problems. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.