Today, the Allen County Department of Health is encouraging 12+ to “Take the Winning Shot” COVID-19 vaccination.
Hoosiers 12+ Should “Take the Winning Shot” at Health Department Vaccine Clinic
Fort Wayne, Indiana (May 13, 2021) – The health department is encouraging eligible youth ages 12 and up to “take the winning shot” and get vaccinated so they don’t have to miss out on activities because of COVID-19.
“We want to encourage all our Allen County families to take the winning shot and get vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as possible,” said Mindy Waldron, administrator for the Allen County Department of Health. “Taking the shot could be your ticket to avoiding quarantines if you get exposed to COVID-19, which could mean fewer missed games, competitions and other activities. And it can also mean fewer travel testing requirements for those upcoming summer vacations.”
Anyone 12-years-old and older is now eligible for the Pfizer vaccine at the Department’s site at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, 4000 Parnell Ave. Appointments are still encouraged and can be scheduled at https://www.allencountyhealth.com/get-vaccinated/its-worth-a-shot/. The Department has also compiled frequently asked questions geared toward children and their parents to help them make informed decisions regarding COVID-19 vaccinations, which can be accessed on the website.
“While young people may be low-risk for COVID-19 complications, they are still getting severe disease and can even die,” said Dr. Matthew Sutter, Allen County health commissioner. “Many young people have long-term problems from COVID-19 like lung, heart and nerve problems, and there could be other effects that become apparent in the future. But getting fully vaccinated is safe, effective and significantly lessens those risks.”
The Department is offering the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to anyone 12-years-old or older, which requires two doses administered at least 21 days apart. Appointments will be scheduled for the second dose during the first vaccination.
Anyone under 18-years-old must be accompanied by an adult (preferably a parent or guardian), who will need to bring ID and attest to the youth’s age. Accepted identification for adults include a driver’s license, state ID, military ID, birth certificate, passport or Medicaid card.
While appointments at the site are prioritized, walk-ins will be accepted for all eligible ages on the following days and times through the end of May:
- Wednesdays from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
- Thursdays from 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
- Fridays from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
- Saturdays from 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Vaccination appointments for all Indiana sites can be made at https://www.coronavirus.in.gov/vaccine/ or by calling 2-1-1.
COVID-19 World Wide Web Resources
Allen County Department of Health COVID-19 Guidance and Local Resources
State of Indiana Web Resources:
- Gov. Holcomb Statement on Pandemic-Related Unemployment Insurance Programs
- Indiana’s Mortgage Assistance Program
- List of who is eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine
- Eligible? Click here to register and make an appointment
- Indiana State Department of Health’s COVID-19 information and stats
- Indiana Executive Orders issued during the COVID-19 pandemic: 2020 | 2021
Other Web Resources:
- Janssen Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine Fact Sheet
- Recipients of the COVID-19 vaccines should sign up for V-safe, the after-vaccination health checker
- Free rides for COVID-19 vaccinations in NE Indiana
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s COVID-19 webpage
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s COVID-19 cases in the United States
- John Hopkins’ COVID-19 Dashboard
- COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Program
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