CANCELED: Elkhart Co. Health Department's First Mobile Vaccine Clinic
NEW: Friday evening the Elkhart County Health Dept. announced that all weekend plans for pop-up clinics have been canceled. That impacts weekend plans aimed at vaccinating the Amish and it also impacts plans for next week's Tolson Center pop-up clinic vaccinations.
The Elkhart County Health Department will operate a mobile COVID-19 vaccine clinic at Clinton Frame Church in Goshen on Saturday, Jan. 23.
County Health Officer Dr. Bethany Wait said the state gave Elkhart County about 150 extra doses to go mobile, bringing the vaccine to communities that might not have easy access to it. She said Saturday’s clinic is meant to target the Amish community.
“We certainly are welcoming anybody to that particular location," Wait said. "But certainly asking people to be respectful because it is a population that likes to live quietly.”
The clinic will be open from 10 a.m. to noon. Appointments are first-come, first-served, and no pre-registration is required. First responders, healthcare workers and individuals age 70 and older are all eligible.
Wait says the health department won’t turn anyone away from the clinic, but she says the venue isn’t very large, and is meant to target a specific community.
“Certainly, respecting the community that you are in is greatly appreciated,” Wait said.
The next mobile clinic will operate from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Tolson Center on Thursday, Jan. 28
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