Local health departments roll out COVID-19 vaccine booster shots

Local News

WABASH VALLEY (WTWO/WAWV) — Following this month’s approval by the CDC and FDA of the COVID-19 boosters for all people 18 and older, local counties have started to offer the extra doses.

There are several places in Vigo County to get a COVID-19 booster shot, including the Vigo County Health Department’s clinic. The clinic currently offers boosters for all three types of vaccines: Johnson and Johnson, Pfizer and Moderna.

Vaccinations at the health department’s clinic are currently by appointment only. But, health department representative Andrea Craft said there are other sites that offer walk-in’s.

Another available walk in clinic in the valley is at the Knox County Health Department. The clinic, which also has all three booster shots available, is currently open for appointments on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. with appointments extending an hour to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays.

Officials from both counties are encouraging all that are eligible to receive a booster shot as soon as possible.

“COVID is still running rampant, it still hasn’t gone away,” Craft said. “So, for the community, our numbers are starting to look a little bit better, but the vaccine could boost our numbers even more.”

Currently, anyone over 18 is eligible for a COVID-19 booster shot. Those who received the Johnson and Johnson vaccine initially are eligible after two months, while those who received the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines are eligible for a booster six months after their second initial dose.

“The booster shots appear to do a very good job in boosting immunity to about 95%, which is as good or better than what you got from the initial vaccination,” Knox County Health Officer Alan Stewart said.

To make vaccination appointment, find out more information or look for clinics nearby, visit ourshot.in.gov.

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Media Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Don't Miss

More Don't Miss

Trending Stories