ALLEN COUNTY, Ind. (Fort Wayne's NBC) - Beginning next week, the Allen County Department of Health will join the state by vaccinating eligible Hoosiers against COVID-19.
At the Memorial Coliseum, the vaccine will be administered to individuals age 80 and older, as well as licensed and unlicensed healthcare workers and first responders.
“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. 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.”Dr. Matthew Sutter, Allen County Health Commissioner
The Department of Health will open the vaccination clinic in Expo IV at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, 4000 Parnell Ave., Wednesday, Jan. 13.
Due to limited supply, officials say the vaccine is available by appointment only to those currently eligible as determined by the Indiana Department of Health. Appointments must be made in advance at ourshot.in.gov or by calling 2-1-1 daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. No walk-in’s will be accepted.
Officials say 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.
Officials say 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.
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