Mobile COVID testing, vaccine clinic returning Tuesday-Friday
The Indiana Department of Health is hosting a free mobile testing and vaccination clinic as part of its ongoing efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
WHEN: Jan. 18-20 from noon-8 p.m. and Jan. 21 from noon-4 p.m.
WHERE: Putnam County Fairgrounds Community Building, 191 N. U.S. 231, Greencastle.
HOW: Register online by visiting ourshot.in.gov or call 211 (866-211-9966) and a representative will schedule an appointment for you from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. daily. Appointments are encouraged, but walk-ins are accepted.
“While COVID-19 continues affect our daily lives, we are thrilled to bring another testing and vaccination resource from our partners at the Indiana Department of Health to all Putnam County Residents,” Putnam County Health Officer Dr. Adam Amos said.
If you are 18 or older, you may choose to receive either the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine, which requires a second dose to be fully protected. This will be scheduled at the time of your first dose. You can also get the booster dose of your choice.
Individuals age 5-17 must receive the Pfizer vaccine. An adult must accompany children age 5-15 to the vaccine appointment. If the adult present is not the parent or guardian, consent must be submitted in advance.
For anyone age 16-17 it’s preferred that a parent or guardian accompany the minor to the vaccination site. Officials understand this may not always be possible. In those cases, the parent or guardian can provide written or verbal authorization.
“This mobile vaccination site is one more way we are working to give all Hoosiers convenient access to COVID-19 vaccine in their communities,” State Health Commissioner Kris Box said. “I encourage everyone who hasn’t been vaccinated yet to take advantage of this safe, effective vaccine, which is the best protection we have against this virus.”
Here are some additional facts:
• The vaccine is available at no cost, but insurance information is requested, because an administration fee may be charged.
• Each individual will need to schedule an appointment, even if they live in the same household.
• This site offers the Pfizer and Moderna vaccine, which require a second dose to be fully protected. This
will be scheduled at the time of the first dose.
• Proof of age will be required at the appointment.
• After receiving the vaccine, recipients should sign up for V-safe, the after-vaccination health checker, on
any smartphone, at vsafe.cdc.gov.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, if you’ve been fully vaccinated, you do not need to stay away from others if you’ve been around someone who has COVID-19 or get tested, unless you have symptoms.
Once you’re fully vaccinated, you should still:
• Wear a mask and socially distance to reduce the risk of severe illness or death from COVID-19
• Avoid medium- or large-sized gatherings
• Protect yourself while traveling
• Get tested and stay home if symptoms develop
Learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine from the Indiana Department of Health at ourshot.in.gov.
The intent of the Putnam County Health Department is to prevent, promote, and protect the health, safety, and vital records for the people of Putnam County by providing various health and wellness screening services, educational programs, enforcing public health laws, and collecting and accurately recording all vital events occurring in Putnam County.