Seniors prepare to visit Wabash Valley clinics for COVID-19 vaccine

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SULLIVAN, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — The Sullivan County Health Department and Vigo County Health Department are now scheduling COVID-19 vaccines for eligible recipients.

The vaccine is now available to individuals age 80 and older, as well as to licensed and unlicensed healthcare workers and first responders who have face-to-face interactions with patients or infectious material or work in a public-facing position that requires in-person contact.

“I am hoping that once I have the second vaccine and my family has the vaccine I will be able to visit with them,” said Knox County resident Gazella Summitt.

Summit is a life-long resident of Knox County and with her 80th birthday coming up soon, she is eager to sign up for vaccine. She wants to get vaccinated for three main reasons: her age, her race being African-American and wanting to see her family again.

“I’m a very social person and I have stayed in a lot more than I normally would and not participating in going to visit with friends,” said Summit. “I had hope and faith that it would come but it seems like its been a very very long time in getting here.”

Appointments may be arranged by visiting ourshot.in.gov or by calling 211.

A photo ID, proof of age or verification of current employment as a healthcare worker or first responder in Indiana will be required.

The Sullivan County Health Department will provide drive-up clinics at the health department building located at 27 S. Main Street in Sullivan.

The Vigo County Health Department vaccination site will be located in the council chambers in the Annex Building. Parking will be available in the North parking lot. Appointments will be available from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. January 12 through 15 and 19 through 22.

“Of course, the 80 and up doesn’t cover everyone, but at least we know there’s a light at the end of the tunnel,” said Roni Elder, spokesperson for Vigo County Health Department. “It’s actually helpful when we answer the phones and be able to give people some hope.”

Vigo County received 500 doses for the latest round of vaccines. Approximately 3,500 healthcare workers from Union and Regional have already been vaccinated.

Parke County received 200 vaccines and will begin administering vaccinations on Jan. 15. They will receive 100 vaccines for the next four weeks.

There is not cost to the individual; however insurance may be charged and administration fee. Individuals should bring a photo ID and insurance card if they have one.

The Moderna vaccine is currently available. It requires two doses administered at least 28 days apart.

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