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Summit County changing to lottery for vaccine

Summit County Public Health will switch to a lottery-based system March 1 to schedule coronavirus vaccine appointments.

The agency said in a Feb. 22 release that it has experienced a very high demand of phone calls and web contacts alerting us to the challenges in securing a vaccine appointment.

“Due to the extensive demand, our phone and Internet systems have struggled to keep up during our weekly scheduling sessions,” SCPH spokesperson Marlene Martin said in the release. “In an effort to reduce frustrations, SCPH is going to switch over to a lottery system that pulls a computer-generated random sample from our vaccine registry who will receive instructions on how to schedule an appointment. Please note that individuals do not need to re-register in this system to be considered for the lottery.”

Those that have not registered can do so at


  1. Debra Miller on February 24, 2021 at 10:33 am

    I have been waiting and trying for weeks is everyone that wants the vaccine going to receive it? Lottery huh have better chance of playing lottery. Does this mean people last are equally grouped with first? Summit

  2. Troy Trimble on February 23, 2021 at 11:39 pm

    All of this is a whole lot about nothing! 1. If you get the virus 99.9% will not die.
    2.A vaccine is not a cure.
    3.There are huge numbers of us who have had covid,never been tested,did not see a doctor or hospital and will never take the vaccine.
    Not saying covid 19 isn’t for real. But we have lived in fear,ignorance and misinformation long enough….. get back to living life.

  3. Mary Hober on February 22, 2021 at 3:34 pm

    This is an outrage. Those most at risk are supposed to be first. More proof this is a PLANdemic.

  4. Dawanda Goodwin on February 22, 2021 at 3:17 pm

    I applaud the working staff at the Summit county and all counties that are working to do their best efforts. I for one know how frustrating this can be. None of us ask for this the only thing the public main concerns are. 1-Is the Government being upright honest with our Country? 2- will that Bad batch of Moderna be distributed in the poor neighborhoods? 3- what is the Government really preparing us for. 4- And are these new Variants deadly, How will we Survive this mess? These are ? We the people want answered. Keep up the Good work and May God Help us all. Thank you. 🙏🏾 Ms. Dawanda Goodwin

  5. Rolland Dennison on February 22, 2021 at 2:51 pm

    I am extremely dissatisfied and disappointed in Summit County’s vaccination process. I know several people in my age who live in Medina county and Huron County and Cuyahoga County who have gotten their first and second doses. Summit County seems to be doing a terrible job by comparison.

  6. Greg Box on February 22, 2021 at 2:44 pm

    Is preference still being given to certain groups or is the the vaccine now open to everyone?

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