The Dubois County Health Department will hold a one-day only, mass vaccination clinic at Jasper Middle School Saturday. It's a chance for eligible groups, including health care workers, first responders and those 70 and older to get the COVID-19 vaccine ahead of schedule.
"We've been planning for this for about a week now,' said Shawn Werner, administrative director with the Dubois County Health Department. "We're doing 25 every 10 minutes, so we feel like we've got enough stations to make that happen."
Twelve hundred doses of the vaccine will be administered in the county's largest vaccination effort to date.
"We've got a lot of staff members putting long hours into this, a lot of workers from the community willing to help us out, the school is obviously providing the facility for us so there's been a lot of cooperation amongst the community to make this happen," Werner said.
To qualify, those eligible must simply choose the one-day clinic when scheduling an appointment online on the state's vaccine website, or when calling 211 for those who don't have internet access at home.
"It's been a great response," Werner said. "We've only had a week to prepare for this so it's been a major undertaking just to get everything done, but if anyone wants the vaccine we for sure encourage them to sign up."
The clinic will run from 8 am to noon and again from 1 pm to 5 pm. The health department hopes to administer all 1,200 shots by the end of the day.
Anyone who wants to make an appointment but hasn't yet done so can schedule one up until tomorrow morning before the clinic opens.
Second does will be administered four weeks later on February 20.
Werner said this mass vaccination clinic is a big help in getting the community immunized as quickly as possible, and if all goes well, there could be more of them in the future.
"If the state can get us vaccines we'll continue to try and do that and make it available," Werner said. "There is another one planned if we can get the vaccine, so stay tuned for that."