Plenty of appointments available for COVID-19 vaccinations
Reid Health's COVID-19 mass vaccination site at the Kuhlman Center in Richmond has plenty of appointments available for those eligible to get the vaccine.
Any Hoosier age 70 and older as well as healthcare workers and first responders can be vaccinated for free at this time. The Indiana State Department of Health plans to open vaccinations to more people as adequate supplies from manufacturers are received.
Reid has been designated a host site by the Indiana State Department of Health with responsibility for helping to vaccinate Wayne, Randolph, Union and Fayette counties. Each county's health department also is offering vaccinations.
"It is critical that those who are eligible make an appointment to be vaccinated," said Thomas Huth, M.D., Vice President of Medical Affairs for Reid Health. "The quicker we get shots into arms, the quicker we can move back to life the way it was before the pandemic."
Patients must schedule a visit through the state website, ourshot.in.gov, using either the Firefox or Chrome web browser.
The state has designated 211 as a call line for assistance, but Reid has been made aware at least some local sites aren't showing for 211 staff as having available appointments. If you encounter this issue and need help scheduling a vaccination at the Kuhlman Center, please call 765-935-8484 Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Appointments are available. The capacity for vaccinating at that location is several hundred per day.
For those individuals who might need assistance with transportation to get their vaccine, family members should assist with scheduling to ensure transportation will be available at the time of the appointment.
Hours at the Kuhlman Center on the Wayne County Fairgrounds (861 N. Salisbury Road) are 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday. Same-day appointments are available, but to ensure there's an adequate vaccine supply on hand, walk-ins won't be accepted.
Once on site, patients will find directional signs and a phone number to call upon their arrival.
"It is critical that those who are eligible make an appointment to be vaccinated. The quicker we get shots into arms, the quicker we can move back to life the way it was before the pandemic." -- Thomas Huth, M.D., Vice President of Medical Affairs
Each of the four county health departments are operating vaccine clinics of their own. Those are located at:
- Wayne County: 601 E. Main St., Richmond
- Randolph County: 1885 U.S. 27, Winchester
- Union County: 6 W. South St., Liberty
- Fayette County: 401 Central Ave., Connersville
After a visit has been scheduled, patients will be sent a link to complete their registration. That information doesn't have to be filled out before arriving for their scheduled vaccination but doing so ahead of time will speed up the process.
Only those who live or work in Indiana are eligible to be vaccinated in the state. Ohio residents who don't work in Indiana should visit coronavirus.ohio.gov to learn more about how to get vaccinated in their home counties.
Those with questions about the COVID-19 vaccine can call Reid Health's hotline at 765-965-4200 and they can visit the FAQ section of the Reid website.