Parkview preparing for mass vaccinations against COVID-19

Now that the coronavirus vaccine has arrived in Northeast Indiana and up to 1,000 more doses will be delivered by the end of the week, the effort to eradicate the virus can begin.

Posted: Dec 14, 2020 9:13 PM
Updated: Dec 15, 2020 12:34 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) -- Around 7 a.m. Monday, 975 doses of the first stage of the COVID-19 vaccine arrived at the Parkview Mirro Center and just after noon, the first person in Indiana, a Parkview employee, was vaccinated against the virus.

Now that the coronavirus vaccine has arrived in Northeast Indiana and up to 1,000 more doses will be delivered by the end of the week, the effort to eradicate the virus can begin.

It’ll all start with healthcare workers. Those from organizations in Allen, Huntington, or Whitley county who were designated as top priority, 1A, by the Indiana Department of Health will be able to get the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine starting Tuesday.

Michelle Charles, Vice President of Nuring Informatics at Parkview Health says it’s taken a month of planning and even computer simulations to make sure the vaccination clinic at the Parkview Mirro Center runs smoothly and quickly.

"We have a goal of being able to give 1,000 shots a day. In order for us to accomplish that, simulation is very important," Charles explained.

Those top priority healthcare workers, not just Parkview employees, but from other organizations as well, and also long term care workers, can sign up via an email link provided to them by professional organizations, licensing agency, or their employers to schedule a time.

Charles says they’ve taken every step to provide a safe environment, including social distancing and barriers. They’re even screening for history of allergic reactions to vaccines beforehand to try and avoid an incident like what happened in the United Kingdom.

Brian Dixon, Ph.D., the Director of Public Health Informations at the Regenstrief Institute says those getting vaccinated shouldn’t expect anything bad to happen.

Dixon explained, "They’re incredibly rare events. Most people, both in the clinical trials and the people receiving the vaccine in the United Kingdom, as well as the United States now, are not showing those same signs of having allergic reactions."

Once people get their first dose, Charles says they’ll be observed for fifteen minutes after to make sure nothing serious happens. During that time the vaccinated can sign up for their second round, expected to arrive in approximately three weeks time.

Charles says after the healthcare system trying for so long to slow the spread of the virus, she’s happy that help is here.

"I think it’s great," Charles said. "Of course when it’s my turn, I will take the shot because I just think it is the right thing to do and it’s the right thing to do for the community!”

For those living outside of Allen, Huntington or Whitley counties who would be eligible to receive the vaccine, FOX 55 was told when you sign up and enter your zip code, it will tell you where you’re supposed to go to get your vaccine.

When you do go to get the shot, you have to bring your ID as well as your employee ID to prove you are who you are and you’re eligible for the vaccine.

To read more about what Dixon had to say about the vaccine, click here

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 1007681

Reported Deaths: 16470
CountyCasesDeaths
Marion1355212121
Lake664101166
Allen57993801
Hamilton46350465
St. Joseph44397615
Elkhart35949510
Vanderburgh32251480
Tippecanoe27933260
Johnson25107445
Hendricks23897359
Porter22929365
Madison18748409
Clark18557252
Vigo17479303
Monroe15263200
LaPorte15173250
Delaware15073263
Howard14748290
Kosciusko12348148
Hancock11728176
Bartholomew11639180
Warrick11292189
Floyd11108215
Wayne10986253
Grant10082220
Morgan9472176
Boone8926115
Dubois8271131
Henry8229152
Dearborn822393
Noble8031106
Marshall7939135
Cass7546121
Lawrence7457171
Shelby7189119
Jackson698289
Gibson6597115
Harrison649192
Knox6421106
Huntington6395100
DeKalb632399
Montgomery6264111
Miami593398
Putnam581278
Clinton576171
Whitley565755
Steuben562576
Wabash5332104
Jasper532079
Jefferson511297
Ripley500586
Adams482576
Daviess4677114
Scott438974
Greene425196
Wells424888
Clay423360
White418764
Decatur4169102
Fayette406587
Jennings387361
Posey376644
Washington359151
LaGrange359078
Randolph3452100
Spencer340243
Fountain335760
Sullivan329452
Starke317171
Owen314771
Fulton312667
Orange293664
Jay284645
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Perry265452
Rush262432
Carroll261934
Vermillion258654
Parke231426
Pike229243
Tipton228159
Blackford193142
Pulaski183757
Crawford159823
Newton158348
Benton150617
Brown146747
Martin138719
Switzerland135011
Warren121116
Union107016
Ohio84613
Unassigned0540

Ohio Coronavirus Cases

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Cases: 1515838

Reported Deaths: 23955
CountyCasesDeaths
Franklin1640131696
Cuyahoga1460532459
Hamilton1052061431
Montgomery738951279
Summit616491111
Lucas56212917
Butler51500718
Stark465771064
Lorain35525585
Warren32769377
Mahoning30719693
Clermont28151330
Lake26979448
Delaware24159164
Licking23882294
Trumbull22825561
Fairfield22354247
Greene22289326
Medina22002313
Clark19812354
Richland18559292
Portage17924252
Wood17427224
Allen15967279
Miami15524306
Muskingum14789185
Columbiana14017274
Wayne13755271
Tuscarawas12692311
Marion11957180
Scioto11452162
Pickaway11356142
Erie10867184
Ross10555203
Lawrence9746153
Ashtabula9701204
Hancock9687155
Belmont9287209
Geauga8933157
Jefferson8547199
Huron8380143
Union818859
Washington8085144
Sandusky7807151
Athens776179
Knox7705144
Darke7643158
Seneca7343145
Ashland6945130
Auglaize678699
Shelby6516115
Brown635291
Crawford6261130
Defiance6192105
Mercer614593
Fulton601296
Highland599399
Madison593978
Guernsey589771
Logan587996
Clinton582993
Preble5710125
Putnam5323110
Williams528088
Perry517363
Champaign511573
Jackson508573
Ottawa486286
Coshocton482283
Morrow458158
Pike433467
Fayette428263
Hardin418080
Gallia417267
Adams416695
Van Wert370882
Henry364072
Holmes3624125
Hocking356482
Wyandot322962
Carroll301765
Paulding279447
Meigs264651
Monroe215554
Noble199747
Morgan193933
Harrison181446
Vinton165525
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