FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) -- Indiana's health commissioner asked all coronavirus vaccine clinics to accept walk-in patients so that more Hoosiers can get the shot.
Dr. Kristina Box says although 1.8 million Hoosiers 16 and older are now fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, or about one-third of eligible residents, more people need to get the shots.
She says even though fewer people are getting the vaccines, real-world conditions show the shots are overwhelmingly effective.
"Studies show that individuals fully immunized or those who are two weeks beyond their second dose, have a 90% decrease in getting infected with COVID-19, and that the vaccine is 99% effective in preventing severe illness and death," she said.
She says getting the vaccine now is more important that ever as more contagious variants continue to spread across the state and hospitalizations increase.
The state's top doctors said if you've had COVID, believe you're healthy enough to withstand a coronavirus infection, or don't trust that the vaccine is safe, they urge you to reconsider getting vaccinated anyway.
Walk-in appointments are already available at the Parkview Mirro Center, and will be available at the Memorial Coliseum beginning Friday, but with limited hours, and you should be prepared to wait.
Allen County health leaders say it's still best to register for an appointment, because those will be prioritized.
Walk-in appointments at the Coliseum will be available:
- Wednesdays from 1-4 p.m.
- Thursdays from 2-5:30 p.m.
- Fridays from 1-4 p.m.
- Saturdays from 10-11:30 a.m.