FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — Vaccinations are now in full swing in Indiana, but some counties are giving more shots than others.
The percentage of people receiving COVID-19 vaccinations in Northeast Indiana is below both the national and statewide average.
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But local vaccination clinics say they haven’t had issues distributing the vaccine. They’ve had issues getting it.
"We give out every dose that we get. Everything that we’re allocated, we give," said Allen County Health Department Administrator Mindy Waldron. "We don’t get to choose and say we get to take this many per day. If we could, we’d be asking for a lot more.”
As of Monday, Allen County has fully vaccinated just under 4% of its population.
That puts it 18th among Indiana’s 92 counties.
That ranking drops to the mid-50s when counting people with just one dose.
Waldron says they were prepared for more vaccinations, but are underwhelmed with the doses they were sent.
"To be real honest with you, the vaccine amounts are lower than we anticipated so several of our sites have a lot more capacity than the vaccine that is coming,” Waldron said.
In Northeast Indiana, Steuben County has the highest rate of people fully vaccinated with over 5%.
Among the lowest is Noble County with less than 2% fully vaccinated.
Noble County Health Officer Dr. Terry Gaff says his focus is primarily on working with what he has.
"We’ve put every dose that we have available into an arm,” Gaff said. “I’m not really into the numbers thing. I’m interested in making sure that every vaccination that we have a chance to give, counts for our citizens, and that’s what we’re doing.”
Despite having just one clinic in the county, Gaff says he would be ready if more doses came his way.