Reid gives out 40,000th COVID-19 vaccine dose as eligibility opens to ages 12-15
May 13, 2021 -- Two COVID-19 vaccine milestones were reached this week as Reid Health gave out its 40,000th dose and the Indiana Department of Health opened eligibility to children ages 12-15.
Everyone 12 and older now can be vaccinated in Indiana, but only the Pfizer vaccine has been approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration for those younger than 18. Reid's sites use the Pfizer product.
"This is another important step on the path back to normalcy," said Thomas Huth, M.D., Vice President of Medical Affairs for Reid Health. "We hope everyone who is eligible to get the vaccine will take advantage of the opportunity, not only for their own sake but for the health of all those around them."
Reid administered its 40,000th dose Wednesday, reaching the milestone five months after vaccinations began in mid-December. The health system has been working recently to expand the number of locations where shots are available.
The Kuhlman Center Vaccine Clinic at the Wayne County Fairgrounds is open 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday.
Free vaccinations also can be had at Reid's Richmond (1501 Chester Blvd.) and Connersville (1475 E. State Road 44) Urgent Cares. Hours at those locations are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Sunday.
The Reid Ready Care Clinic at Meijer is open for shots 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
There is no office fee or copay for vaccination-only visits at any Reid locations.
"This is another important step on the path back to normalcy. We hope everyone who is eligible to get the vaccine will take advantage of the opportunity, not only for their own sake but for the health of all those around them." -- Thomas Huth, M.D., Vice President of Medical Affairs
Appointments can be scheduled through the state website, ourshot.in.gov, using either the Firefox or Chrome web browser. To make it easier for Hoosiers to get vaccinated, the Indiana Department of Health recently began to have all sites accept walk-ins as well.
Parents or legal guardians of minor children who will be vaccinated need to be present at the child's appointment.
After a visit has been scheduled, a link will be sent to complete the registration. That information doesn't have to be filled out before arriving for the appointment but doing so ahead of time will speed up the process.
The IDOH has designated 211 as a call line for assistance.
Reid has been made a host site by the state with responsibility for helping to vaccinate Wayne, Randolph, Union, and Fayette counties.
County health departments in those areas also are offering vaccinations through their own clinics. In Wayne County, the health department is using the former Elder-Beerman building in downtown Richmond, 601 E. Main St. Hours there are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday.