Harsh weather conditions lead to COVID-19 vaccine adjustments, rescheduling appointments

Green River District Health Dept. closing Thursday; Vanderburgh Co. Health Dept. still vaccinating

Harsh weather conditions lead to COVID-19 vaccine adjustments, rescheduling appointments

TRI-STATE (WFIE) - All Green River District Health Department clinics and offices in their seven-county service area will be closed Thursday.

This is including COVID-19 vaccination clinics.

They say patients that had an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccination will be contacted by phone to reschedule their appointment as soon as possible.

The Vanderburgh County Health Department also made to make adjustments due to the harsh weather conditions. On Wednesday, 250 were scheduled to be vaccinated.

Administrator Joe Gries says the majority of those appointments were for those receiving their first dose. However, many receiving their second dose were unable to make it.

“We wanted to reach out to them, we started very early this morning doing that,” Gries said. “Anyone that got vaccinated that first week would have been 80-plus. So anybody that’s on the schedule for a second dose, we’re calling them.”

They were given the option to reschedule for next week. If this was the case, the health department called upon their waiting list to use Wednesday’s doses.

“We jumped in our clothes and came running down,” Cindy and Dan Moore said. “Yeah they called and said ‘Can you be here in 30 minutes?’ and I said ‘Are you kidding, we are on our way!”

Wednesday’s appointments that were rescheduled could make for some extra busy days at Old National Events Plaza next week. Gries says it may be a bit of a challenge, but they’re ready for it.

“You know it puts a little bit of a burden when we expand and we have more appointments than we normally expect for a day maybe next week,” Gries said. “But I think also, the state system allows us to accommodate those changes, so we’re confident that we can handle it.”

Vaccinations will continue at Old National Events Plaza on Thursday from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.

All Deaconess vaccine sites are open, except the Gibson Co. clinic.

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