Evansville opens mobile vaccine clinic in METS bus

Evansville opens mobile vaccine clinic in METS bus

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - The city of Evansville opened a mobile vaccine clinic in a METS bus Wednesday.

It was held at Hartke Pool during a Feed Evansville Community Food Share event.

Anyone 16 and older can get their COVID-19 vaccine.

Officials say you don’t have to pre-register in order to get your shot.

The city hopes events like this will help better protect underserved neighborhoods that do not have reliable transportation.

”Starting this week until the end of June, there will be multiple locations throughout the community, all on bus routes to be able to get out into the community, into neighborhoods,” said Deputy Mayor Steve Schaefer.

This is going to be the Moderna vaccine that is administered by county health officials. They want people to remember that they will have to come back in four weeks to get that second dose.

“I’m very relieved! I can’t wait to get the second one!” shared Nancy Smith-McCarty.

The mobile clinic allowed 40 people to get the vaccine.

Mayor Lloyd Winnecke says it just made sense to bring the vaccine to the community, rather than have the community come to it.

“Just trying to take the vaccine to people that may not have the means to get to a vaccination site. Or maybe they’re thinking, you know, I’ll get around to it when I get around to it,” said Mayor Winnecke.

For some, when the opportunity presents itself right in front of them, it’s hard to turn it down. Mayor Winnecke says he’s been very pleased by the willingness of the community to receive the vaccine.

“I think our community has been a little different. I think there has been a healthy respect for people who have differing opinions, and I don’t detect a lot of badgering for someone who has a different opinion,” shared Mayor Winnecke.

There are plans for several mobile vaccination sites at different locations throughout the city over the next two months. It’ll be as simple as walking into the bus, getting a shot, and walking out.

Here’s a list of stops the mobile vaccine clinic will make.

  • May 6 from 8:30am-10:30am - Howell Park (1101 South Barker Avenue)
  • May 6 from 11am-1pm - Economy Grocery/Former Ruler Foods (1200 North Fulton Avenue)
  • May 6 from 1:30pm-3:30 pm - Main METS Terminal (103 NW Sixth Street)
  • May 11 from 8:30am-10:30am - Lawndale METS Transfer Station (950 S. Hebron Avenue)
  • May 11 from 11am-1pm - Potter’s Wheel (333 Jefferson Avenue)
  • May 11 from 1:30pm-3:30pm - Simpson’s Grocery (1365 Covert Avenue)

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