Local Demand for Covid Vaccines Slowing Down

Demand for vaccines is slowing in some parts of the Tri-State. Over at the Vanderburgh County Health Department, they say they’ve seen vaccination appointments chopped in half from 1,400 to 700 in the last week. But a new mobile vaccine clinic will bring does to your neighborhood with hopes of those numbers jumping back up again.

Posted: Apr 20, 2021 8:56 PM
Updated: Apr 21, 2021 8:44 AM

In Vanderburgh County, only 36 percent of the population has been fully vaccinated.

One of the main reasons -- a dividing line.

Those who want their shots have already rolled up their sleeves. Like 47-year-old Matt Foltz who just got his second dose Friday.

While his teenage daughters are still on the fence about getting theirs.

“They’re in a low risk category being young and healthy adults," he said. "I don’t know if there’s anything that has me particularly being afraid -- but maybe the fear of the unknown."

But if more people don’t step up -- herd immunity -- that crucial 75 percent minimum that experts call our finish line -- won’t be reached anytime soon.

The Vanderburgh County Health Department even hosted a walk-in clinic in an underserved neighborhood -- but closed hours early -- after less than a dozen people showed up.

And with Johnson and Johnson on pause, vaccine mistrust is only increasing.

"When you hear a few people say something like they had a 'side-effect' -- then the word just gets out in the neighborhood and people be like, 'No I'm just not doing that.'” said 57-year-old Albert Dixon, who with diabetes, feels blessed to have had both of his shots.

"I encourage everybody to go out there and get it,” he said. “Because you know we see the numbers -- it's definitely real -- and I feel good about my life and everything since I've done it."

In an effort to make the vaccines more accessible, the city of Evansville is taking the doses on the road - using a Mets bus in May.

"I think it will encourage people -- maybe they've been on the fence about whether to get it -- maybe they thought -- 'Hey I don't know if I could get to a vaccination site,'” said Evansville City Mayor Lloyd Winnecke. “But if we make it right where they are getting a bus -- we hope more and more people will get vaccinated."

While Dixon thinks the initiative is a great idea.

"Everybody should just get on board because we gotta get this place open back up again,” he said. “So, we can go back to just living our lives."

The mobile vaccine clinic starts May 5th and runs till the end of June.

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