FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — The Memorial Coliseum is used to being filled with Hoosiers eager to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
But Health Administrator Mindy Waldron says she’s seen a lull as of late.
"We do want to encourage folks that now is the time to get that because there are open appointments, easy to make them," Waldron said. "We won’t be here forever, and those times are few and far between in the next few months."
Dr. Terry Gaff in Noble County says he typically has over 400 shots to give out each day, but fewer people are signing up.
"We have literally hundreds of open appointments, and we would love to fill them, but we simply don’t seem to have the demand for new vaccines," Gaff said.
Health officials say their priority is to not waste any doses, so as more vaccine appointments become available, they need to find more arms as well.
"Thus far - and I’m crossing my fingers - thus far, we have not wasted a dose of vaccine and we’ve had our clinic open since January 11," Gaff said,
Gaff says his clinic has made calls asking people to move up their appointments so they don’t have any leftover doses in a day.
Huntington Health Officer Matt Pflieger says he’s no stranger to filling appointments by phone either.
"We’ve been doing that already," Pflieger said. "A lot of outreach. At the end of the day we’re calling people. We’ve utilized big employment centers and getting lists of people that we can call at the end of the day and reach out to them."
Pflieger says his clinic isn’t struggling to find vaccine recipients yet, but he has noticed a drop-off.
Waldron is hoping to see appointments increase soon. She says there’s no time to waste.
"Right now, we’re remaining steady. We just would like to see more getting it so we get closer to herd immunity quicker," Waldron said. "We want to race against those variants."
The Allen and Huntington County mass vaccination clinics say they will re-evaluate their schedules around June.
Gaff says the Noble County clinic will likely start limiting its hours soon, as fewer people schedule appointments.
Waldron asks anyone who has already gotten their vaccines to make sure to cancel any alternate appointments they scheduled, since other clinics may still be expecting them.
To cancel any excess appointments, she asks people to call 260-449-7722.
To register for a COVID-19 vaccine appointment, visit ourshot.in.gov.