Rise in COVID cases brings more vaccination and testing sites

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VIGO COUNTY, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Health departments are increasing opportunities for people to receive vaccines, helping their counties decrease the spread of COVID-19.

On Saturday the Vigo County Health Department will hold a mobile vaccine clinic in the parking lot of public library in hopes of helping families get vaccinated.

It comes after drive-through vaccine and testing site that ran for three days in Vigo County, an effort by the state to combat the surge of COVID-19. More than 1,900 people visited the drive-through site to get tested.

“What we are seeing is that when people are coming to get tested and they’re really sick, they start to get scared. Maybe it is the real deal,” Roni Elder, health educator for the Vigo County Health Department. “So then if they don’t have COVID or they recover from COVID, they want to get the vaccine.”

Clay County’s Health Department also plans to have a drive through testing vaccination and testing site for three days next week. Thomas Champion Emergency Planning Coordinator for the Clay County Health Department says he has heard from the CDC that Indiana is “blazing the trail” for increased case numbers.

“It could be that they had friends and family members and co-workers who have had their shots for several months now and actually seen that there is no affect,” Champion said. “You know, my neighbor got their shot three months ago and they’re fine, so maybe I should to.”

In August, Vigo County reported six COVID-19 deaths while September has recorded three so far.

“We did see a decrease in our numbers last week so hopefully that means we will continue to decline,” Elder said. “What we’ve seen in other places with Delta is you peak and then you decline very quickly so we’re really hoping that means Vigo County is on the decline and we’ll start to see our numbers slow down quite a bit.”

Champion believes decades from now nobody will blink twice when discussing the COVID vaccine.

“At some point we had a vaccination for Polio and everybody was afraid to get the polio shot to wipe out Polio Now no one thinks anything of it,” Champion said. “In 50 years from now, people will think nothing of this.”

Vigo County’s mobile vaccine clinic will be at the library tomorrow from 9a.m. to noon. Clay County’s drive up testing and vaccine site will be September 20th through the 22nd at Goshorn Park in Clay City. It will be from noon to 8p.m.

The Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines will be available.

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