FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Vaccine Registration Week has been going on since Sunday, targeting people on Fort Wayne’s southeast side, giving them the chance to sign up for the COVID-19 vaccine.
Registration sites are popping up at different locations throughout the city, including at Renaissance Pointe YMCA, where Daniel Carpenter just happened to be working out. A few minutes later, he was signing up for his shot.
Carpenter said, "A few weeks ago, I actually had COVID and right now I’m looking for as much information as I can, and also I’m looking to be as precautious as I can be with the virus."
This week’s campaign is as much about giving people access to the registration as it is giving people more information about the vaccine.
Healthvisions Midwest of Fort Wayne is one of several groups helping with this effort. Director Sharon Tubbs says it’s important to make sure underserved populations in the Summit City are as informed as possible about the vaccine.
"There’s fear," Tubbs said. "There are people who don’t want to get the vaccine because of myths that they’ve heard of just information that they’ve gotten that makes them a little hesitant, but we also know that there’s a lack of access."
Tubbs says misinformation isn’t the only problem. Some people can’t get to clinics because they’re too far away and some people struggle with language barriers, so providing interpreters at these signup locations is critical.
The vaccination clinic at the McMillen Park Community Center starting on Tuesday will help with that as well.
At least one hundred people have signed up through registration week so far, giving people like Carpenter much-needed information.
"I chose this route because I wanted to make sure that I’m not too afraid to take the vaccine, that I’m going through and doing all the stuff possible to make sure that this virus goes away," Carpenter said.
These groups are encouraging people to sign up for the vaccine as soon as they feel comfortable, but want to make sure people know about the chance to get the vaccine in their community.
There are still available time slots for getting your first shot at the McMillen Park Community Center.
The clinic runs from Tuesday through Thursday for the first shot of the Moderna vaccine and May 11-13 for the second shot.
You can register at ourshot.in.gov or call the state’s 211 line.