FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) -- Tuesday morning you probably received a "Public Safety Alert" on your phone notifying you about the vaccine clinic at McMillen Park.
The Indiana State Department of Health has to get approval from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to send out those alerts.
A spokesperson said the alerts have been effective in other parts of the state for other clinics.
“This helps provide real-time awareness to people who might not see a press release or a social media announcement,” ISDH Chief Medical Officer Dr. Lindsay Weaver said in a press conference on April 28.
The department said in other parts of the state, the emergency notification brought in more walk-ins than pre-scheduled appointments.
Some people might not see other forms of ads like billboards, bus wraps or social media.
The alert paid off Tuesday at McMillen Park.
Officials at the site say the emergency alert is highly effective.
In fact, they said about 200 appointments were walk-ins.
“There are many people, including vulnerable populations, who would otherwise not be aware of the opportunity to get vaccinated,” Weaver said.
Chaw Mon is a Burmese translator at the clinic.
She said the emergency alert brought people in, and can help generate word-of-mouth notifications as well.
“I have seen that one Burmese [person] came in, and then they gather other people to call in, that draws a lot of people, and I believe that that is really a great method,” she said.
ISDH says it understands the responsibility it carries by using the alerts.
“The public alert system is a tool that we will use judiciously to make Hoosiers aware of important health issues,” Weaver said. “We do not take its use lightly.”