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MCHD vaccine clinic set to open Monday

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The Montgomery County Health Department will open a clinic to administer COVID-19 vaccine to eligible recipients on Monday

The health department will open its first vaccination clinic to the public at the former Save A lot building, 451 E. South Blvd., Crawfordsville. The site will operate 4-7 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Sites will only accept individuals with appointments. They are currently still serving individuals who fall within the Phase 1A and 1B. You can see more about eligibility at https://www.
coronavirus.in.gov/files/Eligibility%201.5.21.pdf

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

“We are excited to get the vaccine in our community and get the vaccination site up and running,” said Amber Reed, Montgomery County Health Administrator. “We are aware that we will receive limited doses initially and must simply work through that and keep moving forward.

“We ask that our residents take care of one another and assist those over 80 who will need assistance getting registered for an appointment. Eligible individuals may also call 2-1-1 to register and find transportation assistance to a vaccine site.”

Other communications such as post cards are being sent by mail to people who meet the criteria to notify them of their eligibility and the process to register. 

Due to limited supply, vaccine is available by appointment only to those currently eligible as determined by the Indiana Department of Health. Vaccine site cannot accept walk-ins at this time. That complete list is posted to https://ourshot.in.gov. Appointments should be scheduled at that website, which opened Friday. There is no cost to the individual, but insurance may be charged an administration fee. Individuals should bring a photo ID and an insurance card if they have one.

Two vaccines, developed by Pfizer and Moderna, are currently available. Each requires two doses administered at least 21 days apart for the Pfizer vaccine and 28 days apart for the Moderna vaccine. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it typically takes a few weeks for the body to build immunity after the second vaccination.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the vaccines under an Emergency Use Authorization, meaning the vaccines must be proven safe and effective in the same way that all medications and devices must be. The vaccines have been found in trials to be 94 percent to 95 percent effective in preventing COVID-19 infections in participants. Side effects are temporary and are generally mild, including fatigue, headache and sometimes fever.

People who have been vaccinated may still be able to infect others, so even those who are vaccinated should continue wearing a mask and quarantining if they are a close contact of a positive case.

The best ways to protect yourself and others are to:

• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds

• Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands

• Avoid close contact with people who are sick

• Stay home when you’re sick

• Cover your cough or sneeze

• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

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