Stopping Illegal Robocalls: Ignoring calls from unknown phone numbers is a fail-safe way to counter the unwanted solicitations and scams that many face every day.  Answering them, on the other hand, lets callers know that there is a live person at your number, giving them a reason to keep calling or even sell your number to others, who will also call you. Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost is cracking down on illegal robocalls with the creation of the Robocall Enforcement Unit, part of the Consumer Protection Section in his office.  His office advises Ohioans to report suspicious robocalls to the unit by visiting OhioProtects.org or calling 1-800-282-0515. To keep from falling victim to nefarious robocallers: Never interact with a suspicious call in any way. Avoid providing personal or financial information by phone. Register your phone number with the Do Not Call Registry online at DoNotCall.gov or by calling 1-888-382-1222. Research services offered by your phone provider to block unwanted calls. Install a trusted and reliable app on your cellphone to block or warn of suspicious calls.

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COVID-19 Vaccination Centralized Scheduling Website

On March 8, 2021, Governor DeWine announced that Ohio’s centralized scheduling website is now available at gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov. The website will serve as a singular location for Ohioans to confirm that they are eligible to be vaccinated, identify nearby providers, and schedule their vaccine appointments. 

“As we continue to receive more vaccines, having a centralized scheduling website will streamline the process, reduce data lags, and provide real-time information on vaccination progress across the state,” said Governor DeWine. 

The Ohio Department of Health will continue to work directly with vaccine providers to integrate their current systems into the statewide system. Providers will be expected to use this system or another electronic scheduling system that interfaces with this portal.

The centralized scheduling website will also be used for scheduling appointments at the mass vaccination clinics, including the FEMA site in Cleveland, that were announced last week. 

Outside partners, including the Area Agencies on Aging, will be available to help Ohioans who do not have access to the internet with appointment scheduling.