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Demand for Covid-19 Vaccines Rise as Delta Variant Cases Surge

As delta variant cases rise, so too does the demand for the Covid-19 vaccine. Some, are even taking the opportunity to get their third shot or their "booster."

Posted: Aug 19, 2021 9:41 PM
Updated: Aug 20, 2021 7:56 AM

We are seeing the Covid-19 vaccine demand on the rise.

After a slog of a summer, people are reaching for immunity once again.

We have seen cases skyrocket nationally since June. We started with 400,000 positives. Now, its August and we're nearing 2M.

And with the recent up-tick we are seeing right here in the tri-state, local health leaders are reporting more people are now getting vaccinated, who were hestiant before.

"You finally want to get your first dose of a Covid-19 shot, but where do you? Well here in Vanderburgh County they're doing everything that can to make it more accessible, bringing a Mets bus right to the communities you live in. On Thursday, Aug. 19th, it was at the Cut Rate Market on Lincoln Ave, only a few minutes away from the health department. 

"So if they're grocery shopping that day and they see us there each week," said Joe Gries, administrator with the Vanderburgh County Health Department. "They're like, 'Ok I'm going to come back and get my shot.'"

That includes people who had been skeptical about taking the shot for months, now finally taking a chance.

"[The] delta variant and it's obviously spreading through our community," Gries said. "A lot of people are taking the time to re-evaluate their decision to get vaccinated."

For some, it's been the opportunity to get their Covid-19 booster shot, with the CDC saying it's an added layer of protection.

Only those immunocompromised can take that third shot. And it must be at least 28 days after their last dose of Pfizer or Moderna.

"I've seen family members who've been sick from this and a sister who got really sick," said Garland Johnson, who has a heart condition that brought him out to get his booster shot Thursday. 

For those who are still on the fence about getting the vaccine, Johnson wants them to think about the life they could save by taking it.

"The life that you may save may be your family memeber's and your friends," he said. "Take care of yourself and your loved and this will help you whether it's your first shot, your second shot or your third one."

If you missed your chance to get vaccinated on Thursday, don't worry, the mobile vaccine clinic will be out in the community again.

On Friday, from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. they will be at the Mission of Grace Church. They're taking a break Saturday. On Sunday, they'll be at the United Caring Shelter's 30th Annual Block Party handing out goody bags for anyone who rolls up their sleeves.

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