Getting Virtually Double Vaccinated in March – The Waynedale Information
Allen County’s Department of Health COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic expanded to service nearly twice as many Hoosiers per week when it began providing Pfizer shots in early March.
The department began administering the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine from the week of March 8th at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. Due to the limited availability of this vaccine, only the Moderna vaccine was used at the site and an average of 1,200 appointments per week were made. By moving to Pfizer admissions, the department can increase capacity to bring an average of 2,400 people per week closer.
“We are very grateful to the Coliseum site, which enables this capacity expansion for the ongoing mass vaccination,” said Mindy Waldron, department administrator. “We look forward to increasing the number of Hoosiers vaccinated against COVID-19 over the next few weeks.”
The increase in appointments does not currently affect the office hours, and the department staff can make about 100 scheduled appointments per hour. Anyone who received their first Moderna vaccine at the department’s clinic can continue to receive their second scheduled dose of the same vaccine at that location.
“The sooner we vaccinate more people, the sooner our community will be better protected from this deadly virus,” said Dr. Matthew Sutter, Allen County’s health commissioner. “Our team has been looking for ways to get more vaccines and this is a great example of how our partnership with the state can lead to more gun shots in Allen County.”
The vaccine is available by appointment only to those currently eligible under the Indiana Department of Health regulations, including Hoosiers 50 and older, as well as licensed and unlicensed health care workers and first responders who have or have face-to-face interactions with patients or infectious materials work in a publicly available position that requires face-to-face contact. Recently, teachers have also been added to the list of eligible residents. Appointments must be made in advance at ourshot.in.gov or by telephone from 2-1-1 daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Walk-ins are not accepted.
The Pfizer BioNTech vaccine requires two doses at least 21 days apart. Individuals can schedule their second appointment at the department’s clinic after receiving the first dose. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it usually takes a few weeks for the body to build up immunity after the second vaccination
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