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Vaccine appointments booked up; when will more vaccine arrive?

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne's NBC) -- In its first week, Allen County's coronavirus vaccine clinic at the Memorial Coliseum has given first doses to more than 600 people.

While a few more doses from the state will be added to the 800 already planned for next week's appointments, Health Department Administrator Mindy Waldron says there's no way to plan how many doses will arrive.

"Each week we will still be week to week. No large increases for us announced yet," she said.

And until more doses become available, all appointments at the Coliseum are booked.

Until more doses become available, all appointments at the Coliseum are booked.

"Happy because folks want it, and we can obviously process those folks. And then we look toward hoping we can open up more appointments as soon as possible so that we can fill that need. As we feel our capacity here at this site and staffing could certainly allow a doubling at any time that might occur," she said.

She says the state runs the registration process, and will be the entity to open more appointments.

The clinic at the Cliseum is only using the Mderna vaccine, which does not require the ultra cold storage the Pizer shots need and do not need to be mixed before being given.

And employees there are making sure every vial is used for all the doses it contains to make sure shots get into arms and aren't wasted.

"Yesterday we were dead on with what we drew and what we had in terms of clientele. The day before I think we were only off by a few and we were able to accomodate that. So most of the time we're going to be pretty close on because we only draw in fairly real time," she said.

Once you've booked your time slot, one thing you can do to help everyone is to go through the phone or online pre-registration process to speed up checking in at your vaccination site.

Corinne Rose

Corinne Rose is a reporter for WPTA.

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