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Book an earlier vaccine appointment? Cancel your old one, Health Dept. says

Vaccine appointments

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) - As COVID-19 vaccine eligibility is blown open, millions of Hoosiers are signing up to get their shots.

There are plenty of options to get the vaccine, from state-run clinics, mass vaccination sites, and hospital networks to retail pharmacies.

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If you'd like to schedule your first dose on the state's website, visit https://ourshot.in.gov. If you're having problems, you can also call 211 for help.

Because of the sheer amount of folks signing up for appointments, you may find you'll be booking your shot weeks out.

You may have better luck getting an earlier appointment by shopping around on retail pharmacy websites.

The Allen County Health Department is asking folks to take the extra step and cancel old appointments so those slots can be take up by others.

Anyone with an appointment scheduled at the Department’s vaccine site at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum can call 260-449-7722 and leave a voicemail with their full name, date of birth, phone number, and the date and time of the appointment they need to cancel.

“We recognize many folks are looking to get vaccinated as soon as possible, so they may schedule an appointment to hold a spot but are then able to get into another site faster,” said Mindy Waldron, department administrator. “We’ve heard that some just don’t know how to cancel a previously made appointment, so we want to make it as easy as possible for them to make a quick call so we can open that spot up for someone else.”

The department said they've seen more people not show up to their scheduled appointment in recent weeks.

Department staff are also able to assist with cancelling appointments made at other sites through the state’s Zotec registration system at ourshot.in.gov at the same number, or the public can call 211 for assistance.

Indiana residents ages 16 and older can roll up their sleeves to get vaccinated.

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Kayla Crandall

Kayla Crandall is an Emmy award-winning journalist. She serves as the Social Media and Digital Content Manager at WPTA. Follow her on Twitter @KaylerJayne.

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