First Doses of Vaccine Will be Given at Rootstown Community Pharmacy

We are excited to share that the Rootstown Community Pharmacy received 100 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine on March 2. While vaccines distributed to our community pharmacy are open to members of the general public who qualify, NEOMED welcomes this first shipment as a sign of things to come. The pandemic has kept us apart, but there is hope for us to come together again. 

Vaccinations will be given Friday, March 5, from 1-3 p.m., to those who qualified and registered.  

Although the limited supply went quickly due to Rootstown Community Pharmacy’s obligation to make it immediately available on their website, we encourage you to look for future arrivals of vaccines and to be prepared to sign up to receive your COVID-19 vaccination. The link to register can be found at

Please note that the current vaccines will be administered in accordance with the state of Ohio’s eligibility guidelines. The eligible individuals are those in the phase 1B, 1C and 2 groups. They include:

  • those aged 60 or older
  • those with certain congenital disorders or early-onset medical disorders
  • adults working in K-12 schools
  • women who are pregnant
  • those with ALS
  • bone marrow transplant recipients
  • those with type 1 diabetes
  • those working in certain professions (including child care services, funeral services, law enforcement, corrections officers and firefighters)  

Details regarding eligibility can also be found at

Remember, stopping a pandemic requires using all the tools we have available – wearing masks, staying at least 6 feet apart from people who don’t live with you, avoiding crowds, washing your hands frequently and getting vaccinated. We all play a part in this effort and you are key.

Please look for future notices in The Pulse about additional Rootstown Community Pharmacy deliveries. In the event there are University-specific allotments in accordance with the state of Ohio, such information will be provided in a separate communication. 

If you have any questions about the vaccine, please contact


Joseph Zarconi, M.D., FACP

University Medical Director, COVID-19 Operations

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