DUBOIS CO., Ind. (WFIE) - The Dubois County Health Department is set to open its first vaccine clinic Monday morning.
It’s just one of many expected to open here in the Tri-State in the coming weeks.
”I’ve just been hoping I would survive long enough for this vaccine to be available,” said Janet Smith.
For people over 80 like Janet Smith, the risk of COVID-19 was too great to ignore.
”I’ve heard so many stories, both good and bad. I just didn’t want to take the risk that I’d be one of the bad ones,” said Smith.
On Monday, they administered 30 vaccines. They have 300 people signed up for immunizations over the first two weeks.
Due to the limited number of vaccines the Dubois County Health Department is receiving, they are booked up for those two weeks.
If you missed the sign up for this round, you can start signing up at ourshot.in.gov again after January 25.
That is for anyone who is 80 and older, healthcare workers and first responders, or anyone who has face to face contact with the general public.
You can also check out other sites across southern Indiana on the ourshot.in.gov website.
Dubois County Health Department Administrative Director Shawn Werner said that if the state assesses the department’s process as being effective, they’ll send more vaccines.
Right now, there are 13 locations in our area that are offering those vaccines.
You can find those locations on the state’s website.
If you have trouble navigating the site, you can also dial 211 to schedule an appointment.
This is where health officials say you can get the most up to date information.
Be prepared to wait, though. Our team tried to call the line last week and had an average wait time of around an hour.
The Dubois County Health Department is offering the Moderna vaccine. This means if you get that first round, you’ll need the second one 28 days later.