Indiana Health Department to offer free health screenings, vaccinations at health fair this weekend

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — The Indiana Department of Health announced Thursday that it will provide $2,500 in free health screenings and COVID-19 vaccinations during the “35th Indiana Black and Minority Health Fair,” which will be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Indiana Convention Center.

The health fair will commence at 9 a.m. Friday with words from health and community leaders in Room 130 of the center. The fair will then run from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday in Halls I, J and K of the convention center.

“For more than three decades, the Indiana Black & Minority Health Fair has provided a vital touchpoint for healthcare and screenings to help improve the health of Hoosiers,” State Health Commissioner Kris Box said. “This year’s health fair is more important than ever because many people have deferred their healthcare during the pandemic, which can put them at greater risk of preventable diseases. I encourage Hoosiers to take advantage of this free event to improve their health.”

Free COVID-19 vaccinations provided by Ascension will be available for any individuals 12 and older from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Sports physicals for school will also be offered for free by Community Health Network from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

The fair will also feature panel discussions focusing on spiritual wellness integration into daily lives, mental health and COVID-19’s impact on communities and medical professionals. A free “Gospel Explosion” concert will start at 3 p.m. Sunday including performances by Lamar Campbell and SOP, Thomas and the Situation, Antwon Jenkins and Campfire, Standards, Andraye Speed, Lela Springfield and Joshua Rogers.

Concert doors are set to open at 2 p.m. A complete schedule of events is available here.

“The health fair is about creating access to resources to improve your health and wellbeing, but it is also about celebrating our communities,” Antoniette Holt, director of the Office of Minority Health at the Indiana Department of Health, said. “We are grateful to all of our partners and volunteers who are making this event possible and hope that Hoosiers will come spend the day and enjoy all that the health fair offers.”

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