Health departments ready to administer COVID-19 vaccines

Health departments ready to administer COVID-19 vaccines

INDIANA (WFIE) - There are 13 coronavirus vaccination sites in our region, and in Vanderburgh and Warrick Counties, the health departments are scheduled to administer their first doses Tuesday to Hoosiers 80 years and older.

Across Indiana, the State Department of Health reports more than 86,000 Hoosiers over the age of 80 have already registered for their COVID-19 vaccine.

That list includes 82-year-old Richard Tepool, of Haubstadt, who rolled up his sleeve Sunday at a Deaconess clinic.

“I wouldn’t be a bit scared,” says Tepool. “I know I’ve talked to some people who want to wait awhile, but I don’t see any reason to wait.”

In Vanderburgh County, vaccinations at the health department will begin Tuesday afternoon. The clinic will run from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, then again from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays.

“Vaccination is really our only way out of this pandemic,” says Lynn Herr with the Vanderburgh County Health Department.

Appointments must be in advance, and Hoosiers 80 years and older are reminded to bring a form of ID to their appointment.

Hoosiers are encouraged to eat before they come, and officials suggest wearing loose-fitting shirts so you can easily roll up your sleeves. Everyone must wear a mask inside the building, and health department officials can accommodate for mobility concerns if needed.

“If they have a significant other or one other person that can be with them,” says Herr, “especially if they have trouble seeing or hearing, it might be ideal for that person to come inside with them.”

After the vaccination, Hoosiers will be monitored for 15 minutes for any side effects, something Tepool says he did not experience.

“I have no problems at all,” says Tepool, “no problems at all.”

Officials urge anyone still needing to sign up to check Tuesday.

”Unfortunately, we can only book out so far,” says Herr, “because we can only have the number of appointments of vaccine that we have. We are expecting another shipment on Tuesday, and then it will open up more, and it’s supposed to be a larger allotment.”

For residents of Warrick County, the vaccines will not be given at the health department, despite being listed online. Instead, they will be administered at the Deaconess Express Clinic in Boonville.

Vaccinations will begin Tuesday and run six days a week. Officials there say they are limited to just 360 shots per week, but appointments can be made online.

There is another option for people in the Tri-State looking to get a vaccine as soon as possible. Deaconess Health System has an on-call list to administer any leftover vaccines from vials opened during the day.

In both Indiana and Kentucky, you must be between the ages of 60 and 79 to qualify.

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