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Still need the COVID-19 vaccine? Check out the free mobile clinic at McMillen Park

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Dr. Matthew Sutter 5 25 2021

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) - Local and state community leaders are urging anyone who hasn't received the COVID-19 vaccine to attend a new clinic on the city's southeast side.

Starting Tuesday and continuing through Saturday, staff will be giving vaccines at McMillen Park from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

You don't need an ID, and you can get a free ride to and from the clinic using rideshare companies like Uber.

Statewide, 2.3 million Hoosiers are fully vaccinated. That accounts for about 34 percent of the population.

In Allen County alone, staff has given more than 275,000 doses of various vaccines.

Data shows about 40 percent of Allen County's population is fully-vaccinated.

But health officials don't want to let up.

"The pandemic is not over. The majority of our citizens are still not vaccinated," Allen County Health Commissioner Dr. Matthew Sutter said at a joint news conference with other community leaders and a state health official.

"We are shifting from a mass vaccination clinic to try to get the vaccine to where people are at to make it easier to get it."

Community leaders from other groups in Fort Wayne are working with the health department to overcome not only misinformation and vaccine hesitancy but also confront access to clinics.

So Min Oo, a Burmese community leader in Fort Wayne, thanked the health department for their education efforts.

He also urged his community to roll up their sleeves to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

"It is an act of caring," Oo said.

Gaby Lemus with HealthVisions Midwest of Fort Wayne and Herb Hernandez with Greater Fort Wayne Hispanic Chamber of Commerce also spoke at the news conference Tuesday morning.

Anyone ages 12 and up can sign up to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

Many locations are accepting walk-ins, but you are encouraged to sign up ahead of time on the state's website.

You can also find appointments at various retail pharmacies like Walgreens, CVS, Meijer, Kroger, or Walmart.

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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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