COVID Clinic closed this weekend

Heavy snowfall this week has delayed shipments to Huntington County’s COVID-19 vaccine clinic, forcing it to close Friday, Feb. 19, and Saturday, Feb. 20.

Anyone with an appointment affected by the change will be contacted to reschedule. The Huntington County Health Department requests that these individuals wait to receive a call and do not reschedule their own appointments.

“We are disappointed that we can’t give out the vaccine for a couple of days, just as we’re sure the people who were scheduled to receive it are disappointed too,” Rhonda Adams of the Huntington County Health Department said Thursday. “We’ll make sure that they are rescheduled for as soon as possible.”

A number of individuals were scheduled to get their second dose of the vaccine. A short delay in receiving this second dose does not lower its effectiveness.

The Huntington County Health Department administers the Moderna vaccine inside the gymnasium at Crestview Middle School, 1151 N 500 W in Huntington. Two doses 28 days apart are required, and it take about 14 days after the second dose for a recipient’s immune response to take full effect.

Individuals who are fully vaccinated have strong protection against illness from COVID-19 but may still be able to spread the virus to others. The Indiana Department of Health (ISDH) has urged that everyone continue to follow masking and social distancing guidelines until the vaccine is available to everyone.

According to the ISDH Vaccine Dashboard, 5,327 Huntington County residents have received their first vaccine dose as of Thursday morning, and 1,821 residents have been fully vaccinated.

Indiana residents 65 and older, healthcare workers and first responders currently are eligible to receive the vaccine. To register, visit ourshot.in.gov or call 2-1-1. Local registration assistance is available to Huntington County residents at 356-2900.

Volunteers assist the Huntington County Health Department staff at the local vaccine clinic. Through Wednesday evening, 326 volunteers have donated more than 1,825 hours of time, a value to the county of more than $45,000.