Vaccinations at Field House and COVID-19 Town Hall Meeting

The Portage County Combined General Health District will hold a mass COVID-19 vaccination clinic at the Kent State University Field House from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 23, and continuing every Tuesday at the field house this spring. Future clinic times may vary based upon the amount of vaccine received by the county.

About the Clinics

The clinics are open to anyone who lives in Portage County and who meets the state eligibility requirements for a vaccine. The health district expects to be able to administer more than 2,200 shots per day at these clinics. Registration is required and must be made through the county health district.


  • Registering with the county puts you on a scheduling list.
  • It does not guarantee an appointment that week.
  • Health department staff will contact people who have registered with the county to schedule an appointment when a time slot becomes available.

Appointments are made on a first-registered, first-served basis. No time slots for the March 23 event are open, and anyone calling for an appointment should expect to be scheduled for an upcoming clinic.


  • Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines may be available depending on what vaccine is received by the county that week.
  • At this time, a person cannot choose which vaccine they receive.

Town Hall

To learn more about vaccinations, join us at 4 p.m. Monday, March 22, when experts from Kent State and the city of Kent come together for a town hall meeting to answer all your questions about COVID-19 vaccinations.

Topics at this virtual town hall will include the current state of available vaccinations in Kent as well as COVID-19 testing and other guidelines for stopping the spread of COVID-19.

Panelists for the town hall are:

  • Taryn Burhanna, MSN, APRN, NP-C, lecturer and clinical instructor, Kent State College of Nursing
  • Joan Seidel, MA, BSN, RN, CIC, FAPIC, Kent City Health Commissioner
  • Tara Smith, Ph.D., professor of epidemiology, Kent State College of Public Health
  • Julie Volcheck, MS, Kent State assistant vice president for student affairs and director of University Health Services

Those attending will be able to ask questions of the panelists, and the town hall also will be recorded so those who cannot attend will be able to view the session at a more convenient time.

Attend COVID-19 University and Community Town Hall via Zoom

COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility

Beginning Monday, March 29, all Ohioans age 16 or older will be eligible to receive a vaccine; those 40 or older and all those with serious medical conditions including cancer, heart disease, obesity and chronic kidney disease are eligible for a vaccination as of Friday, March 19.

While vaccinations are not a requirement, Kent State strongly encourages all members of the university community to get a COVID-19 vaccine when they are eligible. The Ohio Department of Health offers an online site to find vaccination locations in all counties and to register for an appointment at locations throughout the state.

Having our population vaccinated against COVID-19 is part of the university’s strategy for safely returning to more traditional campus operations for the 2021 Fall Semester. The strategy also includes following the Flashes Safe Eight safety principles, wearing face coverings and practicing physical distancing.

POSTED: Wednesday, March 17, 2021 - 3:44pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, March 17, 2021 - 3:45pm