FORT WAYNE, Ind., (WFFT)-- Now that almost half of all eligible Hoosiers are fully vaccinated, Shane Hatchett at the Indiana Department of Health says it’s now easier than ever to get the shot.
Hatchett says, “The bare minimum is just showing up. We accommodate walk-ins from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and we’ll get a shot in your arm as long as you’re eligible.”
Allen County Health Commissioner Dr. Matthew Sutter says the department partnered with Fort Wayne's NAACP and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce today to talk about the future of the vaccine.
Sutter says he and Indiana's Department of Health are focused on making sure disproportionate communities get an opportunity to get vaccinated.
Sutter says, “We have an amazing group of community activists and community leaders who have really helped up with communities that English is not their first language or maybe communities that have a distrust in the government.”
He says that having a walk-in site at McMillen Park’s community center allows people to get vaccinated without having to go too far.
Sutter explains, “Many of the people in this community who can take off work and have good transportation have already gotten their vaccination. The next step was to get this out closer to people, especially those who have fewer resources.”
Former 2019 Northside basketball standout Kieon Brooks Jr. says he waited about 10 minutes for his shot and didn't have to make an appointment.
Brooks says he’s doing it in memory of his cousin who died from COVID-19 last year. Brooks adds, “I feel like it’s important to show people in my community that it’s good to get vaccinated to protect yourself. This virus is nothing to play with so it’s the right thing to do.”