FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO): The Allen County Health Department is launching a COVID-19 vaccine clinic at the Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne next week.
Starting on Wednesday, the Health Department will vaccinate eligible people, including healthcare workers, first responders, and people 80 and older, daily from 8am to 8pm.
Appointments are required; you can make yours at ourshot.in.gov or by calling 211. Walk-ins will not be accepted.
“Our Department is excited to join the effort to get shots into arms and get one step closer to the end of this global pandemic,” said health commissioner Dr. Matthew Sutter. “We know the COVID-19 vaccine is tremendously effective at keeping people out of the hospital and preventing severe disease, so we encourage every eligible person to make an appointment as soon as possible.”
“The launch of this COVID-19 vaccine site is the culmination of countless hours of planning and preparation to provide a safe and efficient process for our community,” said department administrator Mindy Waldron. “We know many are anxious for the opportunity to be vaccinated and appreciate the continued patience as we work through each phase announced by the state to protect the most vulnerable among us.”
Family members will be allowed to make appointments on behalf of eligible seniors. Those coming to the vaccination site should wear a mask and bring a photo ID, proof of age, or verification of current employment as a healthcare worker or first responder in Indiana, as well as their health insurance card to their appointment. There is no cost to the vaccine recipient, but insurance may be charged an administration fee.
The Department will be providing the Moderna vaccine, which requires two doses administered at least 28 days apart. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it typically takes a few weeks for the body to build immunity after the second vaccination. Individuals will be able to schedule their second appointment at the Department’s clinic after receiving the first dose.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the vaccines under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA), meaning the vaccines must be proven safe and effective in the same way all medications and devices must be. The vaccines have been found in trials to be 94 to 95 percent effective in preventing COVID-19 infections in participants. Side effects are temporary and are generally mild, including fatigue, headache and sometimes fever.
People who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 may still be able to infect others, so even those who are vaccinated should continue wearing a mask and quarantining if they are a close contact of a positive case.
The best ways to protect yourself and others from COVID-19 are to:
· Keep at least six feet from people outside your household
· Wear a mask in public
· Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
· Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands
· Avoid close contact with people who are sick
· Stay home when sick
· Cover your cough or sneeze
· Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces