VIGO COUNTY, Ind. — Appointments for the COVID-19 vaccination are filling up fast in the Wabash Valley.
The Vigo County Health Department took 60 appointments Tuesday, its first vaccine clinic since the state opened up online appointments for healthcare workers and seniors.
“I was really excited when I found out I could get vaccinated because I do work in the public,” said Vigo County resident Cathy Roads. “I service over 60 kids in Vigo County on a monthly basis and with COVID, that’s impacted my job. I haven’t been able to see my kids face to face.”
Appointments are already booked solid for Vigo County Health Department vaccination clinic. Appointments for other area clinics are available through the state website.
By 4 p.m. Sunday, nearly 86,000 Hoosiers seniors statewide had scheduled appointments to receive the vaccine.
“It’s just another piece of the puzzle. You still have to wash your hands, you still have to mask you still have to socially distance,” said Andrea Craft. “This is just another piece of hope that gives some people a chance at least. It’s been very exhausting . The fight is not over yet.”
The ongoing vaccination effort comes after a holiday season unlike any other. Cathy Roads, a Vigo County resident, was unable to spend Christmas with her mother. She says she couldn’t take any chances with her mother being so high in age.
“We have not been able to have family gatherings. Thanksgiving is a huge, huge time for our family and we couldn’t have it this year,” said Roads. “So I feel like we’ve all been disconnected and I’m excited that hopefully you know this year with the vaccine, that we can all be together again.”
Currently, the vaccination is only available to healthcare workers and seniors age 80 and older in Indiana; however, the Trump administration on Tuesday asked states to speed delivery of COVID-19 vaccines to people 65 and older and to others at high risk by no longer holding back the second dose of the two-dose shots.
“We now believe that our manufacturing is predictable enough that we can ensure second doses are available for people from ongoing production,” Azar told ABC’s “Good Morning America.” “So everything is now available to our states and our health care providers.”