AUBURN, Ind. (WFFT) -- DeKalb County Health Officer Dr. Mark Souder, is urging county residents to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
Souder says at one point they were administering over 300 vaccines per day at the DeKalb County Fairgrounds but now things have changed.
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“Now we’re down to less than 100 on some days and we can’t predict that we’re going to be able to continue the site through the 28th of this month,” says Souder.
As a result, the site will be closed for good by May 27.
Souder says, “In our community, we’re having trouble finding people to use the remainder of the vile. Some people just don’t show up. We’re even calling the pharmacies to see if people can come and get a vaccine.”
DeKalb County resident Louis Alday says his family has been deeply affected by COVID-19 and got the shot as soon as they could.
Alday says, “Our whole family has had it. We can think just about ourselves but about our surroundings.”
Souder says it’s devastating to see others not take advantage of the free vaccine.
He explains, “We’ve always talked about this country being the land of opportunity. We have the opportunity to get this vaccine today. Think about all the people in India who are dying people because they haven’t been able to get it. We won't get herd immunity unless we get everyone to the percentage that we need.”
Dr. Souder says there will be an opportunity to still get the vaccines at local pharmacies and children 12 years and older to get the Pfizer vaccine in the coming weeks.