In Dubois County on Monday, the first shots of the COVID-19 vaccine were administered to elderly members of the community age 80 and above.
While healthcare workers can still sign up for the vaccine as well, it's the first time members of the public have received the vaccine in the county - and the Dubois County Health Department says that with an influx of appointments made, they're booked up for the next two weeks.
"When the link went live, the website went live, we couldn't even keep up with the phone calls and the people coming through the doors wants it," Shawn Werner, Administrative Director at DCHD explained. "It's definitely a good sign that people here are wanting it."
Currently, DCHD is able to vaccinate 30 people per day and expects to receive more doses of the vaccine each Monday - and with a new, more contagious strain of COVID-19 recently identified in Indiana, health officials are now, more than ever, urging Hoosiers to receive the vaccine.
The Dubois County Health Department is located at 1187 South Saint Charles St. in Jasper, Indiana.
To register to receive the vaccine online, click here.
If you have difficulty registering online or if you know someone eligible to get vaccinated who doesn’t have access to a computer, you're asked to dial 211 from any phone for more help.