East Chicago To Offer Vaccinations in January

      The East Chicago Health Department will begin administering the Moderna vaccine in January to protect against the COVID-19 virus.
     Health Department Director Diana Garcia-Burns said residents should make an appointment for the first dose of the two-stage vaccine and bring a state-issued ID or driver’s license with them.
     Before you leave your first vaccination appointment, staff will schedule a follow-up visit 28 days later to get the second Moderna dose, which is essential to be protected.
     “Vaccines are free and I urge every East Chicago resident to get the shots as they become available for your group, which is based on age and medical need,” she said.
     “Our city’s residents have been particularly hard hit in our region – and state — for the number of cases. In just nine months, we have had more than 2,500 cases and lost 36 souls. Our best defense against getting — and spreading —this disease is the vaccine.”
     Because supplies are limited, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending who should be offered COVID-19 vaccines first. Healthcare personnel and longterm care facilities will go first, followed by essential works and those over 75 years of age. Also First responders (fire, law enforcement, emergency medical services, reservists and volunteers) 

     INFO: Visit eastchicago.com to learn more or call the health department at (219) 391-8467 to schedule your vaccination.

     The State of Indiana just launched a new website for vaccine information found at the link here, where new information will be posted as more vaccine becomes available. According to this website, there are no hospitals in Porter County Administering the vaccine.
     Porter County Just posted their Vaccination Schedule – click here for that info.


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Indiana Seniors Over 80 May Register for Covid Vaccine

The ISDH just announced that vaccinations will begin for persons age 80 & older on Monday, January 11th. Residents age 80 and older can self-register for a vaccine appointment starting at 8:00 AM CST on Friday, January 8th by going to ourshot.in.gov. (Please Note: The registration website will NOT go live until 8:00 AM CST On Friday, January 8th.) A friend or family member may also can make an appointment on behalf of a qualifying individual. But the person registered will be required to provide photo identification in person before they will be given the COVID-19 immunization. Continue Reading . . . .

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